Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will start its commercial operation in July 1, 2018. It will cater to international flights, while Terminal 1 will house the domestic flights. This was announced during the inauguration.
Philippine president Rodrigo R. Duterte led the recent inauguration of the new terminal, where he described it as “the most beautiful airport in the country today.” MCIA is the second largest airport in the Philippines, and is also one of the busiest.
Cebu Airport has a New Terminal
Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 was inaugurated recently. The new terminal will host the international flights, where airlines can fly to 25 international destinations. Commercial operations begin in July 1.
The new terminal is praised for its beauty and world-class infrastructure. It has timber arches and wave-like roof which gives out tropical and resort-like atmosphere. The roof allows natural sunlight into the terminal. The sunlight then reflects on the floor tiles, where one can see the glitter of mother of pearls from Cebu. Renowned Filipino talents Kenneth Cobonpue, furniture maker from Cebu; Royal Pinda, and Budji Layug, designers, were consulted in planning the terminal’s design.
MCIA serves as the gateway to the Visayas and Southern Philippines. It is a viable choice to connect Cebu with the rest of the country, and the rest of the world. The airport has also received awards and citations in the past, including one of the best airports in Asia. Currently, the airport accommodates about 8 million passengers annually. When Terminal 2 becomes fully operational, passenger capacity is projected to increase up to 12.5 million.
The new terminal has the following facilities: Baggage Reclaim Hall, Customs Area, Immigration Area, Boarding Gates, Duty Free Philippines, Security Check Area, and Immigration Area. Another feature to look forward to is the automatic tray return system. This system automatically returns empty trays to passengers going through security check and screening.