Mactan-Cebu International Airport, also known as the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan-Cebu (Filipino), and Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Mactan-Sugbo (Cebuano), is the second busiest airport in the country of the Philippines. It is a publicly-owned airport that is operated by the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority that serves the Greater Metropolitan Area of Cebu, as well as other neighbouring cities and islands. Before being a full-fledged airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport started only as a runway that was built by the United States Air Force in 1956. The said runway was an emergency landing strip and airport for Strategic Air Command bombers, and was then called the Mactan Air Base. It remained a Spartan outpost until the Vietnam War in the 60s, before it was made into a base for a C-130 unit of the U.S. Air Force. After the war and during the mid-1960s, the airport was turned into a civilian airport to replace the then thriving Lahug Airport, which can no longer be expanded due to safety and physical problems. The new airport was then transferred to its current site, and was renamed as the current Mactan-Cebu International Airport. In the recent years, the Philippine Government had laid out plans to expand the airport and to extend the terminal so that it can handle more passengers since passenger numbers (set at 6.8 million in 2014), places the airport at overcapacity. In 2014, the Philippine Transportation and Communications Bureau have awarded the operations and maintenance of MCIA to the Philippine Megawide Construction Corporation and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure consortium, thus transferring the operations and maintenance processes to the said party.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport has one existing terminal that houses both domestic and international operations. It has an annual capacity of 4.5 million passengers, although it currently serves at least six million passengers per year. Airlines that serve the terminal include AirAsia, AirAsia Zest, Asiana, Air Busan, Cathay Pacific, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Orenair, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, Silkair, and Tigerair. These airlines fly to scheduled and charter domestic and regional destinations, such as Davao, Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Puerto Princesa, Camiguin, Butuan, Bacolod, Busuanga, Clark, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Ozamis, Pagadian, Siargao, Iloilo, Tacloban, Surigao, Zamboanga, and Tandag for domestic flights and Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Busan, Nagoya, Osaka, and Singapore for international flights. Charters to Taipei, Busan, Seoul, Nanning, and Moscow are also available from here.
Services and Facilities
Mactan-Cebu International Airport is located in the island of Mactan, a few kilometres from Lapu-Lapu City and the city of Cebu. It resides at an elevation of 11 metres or 36 feet above mean sea level, on a 1,970-hectare land. It has one main runway that measures 10,827 feet, and has cargo and passenger flight facilities. The airport also has several ground transportation options along with commercial facilities within the terminal.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport features a number of services and facilities dedicated to the comfort and convenience of its guests while inside the airport. It features a waiting lounge, the information desk, and an array of shops for travellers looking to bring home a piece of Cebu. A wide range of dining options can also be found at the airport.