P1.8 billion renovation complete: GMCAC unveils T1 commemorative marker
Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman) - January 24, 2020 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), the private operator managing the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), marked the completion of the P1.8 billion renovation of Terminal 1 with the unveiling of a commemorative marker last January 19, 2020 .

Terminal 1 renovation immediately started after the opening of the new MCIA international terminal (Terminal 2) in July 2018, and was completed in August 2019.

Prior to the Terminal 2 renovation, GMCAC had implemented several initial improvements to Terminal 1 to address urgent issues such as congestion and operational efficiency.

Terminal 1 was originally built for just 4.5 million passengers per annum (mppa); however, it was already handling 6.9 mppa in 2014. GMCAC took over landside operations of MCIA on November 1, 2014.

The unveiling ceremony was graced by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with officials of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), and executives from different government agencies.

The ceremony was held at the new Airport Village in the Terminal 1 Arrivals area.

With the complete renovation of Terminal 1, we can now focus on opening more domestic flights via Cebu,” said Louie Ferrer, GMCAC President.

“MCIA’s domestic flight frequencies have increased by 82 percent and this is just in our first five years. Our medium-term objective is to establish Cebu as the hub for flights to the Philippines, particularly to Visayas and Mindanao, by maximizing our strategic central location and infrastructure,” Ferrer added.

Ferrer attributed MCIA’s growth these past few years to the efforts of the airport’s stakeholders.

“Since November 2014, we have served more than 50 million passengers and doubled the annual passenger traffic. MCIA has seen significant improvements within this period, and it is thanks to the hard work and collaboration of the MCIA and Cebuano communities that we now have an airport that we are proud to call our own,” he said.

MCIAA General Manager Steve Dicdican also highlighted the strong partnership between the public and the private sector.

“The success and milestones that MCIA have achieved in the past years are a testimony of a successful collaboration between the government and the private sector in delivering a world-class service and a passenger-centric airport,” said Dicdican.

“Another milestone that we are looking forward to is the completion of MCIA’s parallel taxiway/second runway which will sustainably address the growing needs of the airport,” noted Dicdican.

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