The Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) saw its passenger volume rise by 12 percent in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2017, owing to the opening of a new terminal building in July, data showed.
Indeed, the number of international passengers at the MCIA Terminal 2 jumped 172 percent to 810,371 month-on-month in July. The airport recorded 298,040 international passengers in June and 836,418 in August, or a three percent increasen from the previous month.
Edgar Saavedra, CEO of Megawide Construction, the Filipino company in partnership with airport operator GMR-Megawide, commented, “Growth prospects continue to be promising with the addition of more routes from MCIA moving forward. The location of Cebu provides for travelers going to these areas. Cebu is an ideal starting point.”
He noted traveling via Cebu to other tourist destinations in the Visayas and Mindanao areas only takes about 30 minutes compared to the almost one hour travel time from Manila.
Domestic and international passengers also saw a 12 percent increase from January to August, with total passengers reaching 7.62 million from 6.81 million in the same period last year. The aggregate number of international passengers in the first eight months reached 2.57 million from 2.12 million in the same period last year or a jump of 21 percent.
In its latest analysis, aviation think tank CAPA Centre for Aviation said, “Cebu has positioned itself as the second major gateway to the Philippines adding two million annual international passengers over the past four years.”
It added “Manila is still much larger and has seven times more international passenger traffic. However, Mactan-Cebu will gradually close the gap with Manila because it has invested in the capacity to support growth whereas Manila remains constrained.”
MCIA serves 34 domestic and 24 international flights to different destinations with 26 airline companies using the airport.