DAVAO CITY — GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), the private company managing the terminal operations of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), held its second sales mission and introduced new flights and services on Wednesday at the Marco Polo Hotel.
The management firm partnered with Cebu Pacific, Air Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, China Eastern Airlines, Emirates and Tigerair Taiwan to update Davao travel and tour operators of the new flights and different connections out of MCIA.
Two new Chinese airlines recently started direct flights to China from Mactan Cebu Airport last week. On 22 January, China Southern Airlines started the Cebu-Guangzhou direct route every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday while Juneyao Airlines started its Cebu-Shanghai Pudong flights with thrice weekly every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tigerair Taiwan opened Cebu-Taipei services just last year.
At present, scheduled flights connect MCIA to seven destinations in mainland China namely Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Kunming and Shenzhen. Charter flights are also available during the peak season.
In total, MCIA is connected to 32 domestic destinations and 21 international destinations with eight Philippine-based airline partners and 18 foreign airline partners.
“The growth of traffic has been very healthy. When we took over in 2014, we had seven international routes; now we have 26 international routes. These are all huge improvements for the benefit of the riding public,” said Andrew Harrison, chief executive advisor of GMCAC in an interview.
GMCAC also aims to institutionalize the sales missions every year starting off in Davao.
“It allows us to introduce the best of what we can offer in terms of connectivity, ease of transfer in the terminal, and for the travel agents to understand what we can sell to the riding public,” said Harrison.
Aines Librodo, GMCAC head for airline marketing and tourism development said Davao is a very important market. That is why they continuously reach out and dialogue with their tourism stakeholders via sales missions.
The sales mission is one of Mactan Airport’s marketing initiatives to keep tourism stakeholders, particularly travel and tour operators, informed of the recent developments in MCIA, highlighting the many destinations out of MCIA and the convenience it offers to passengers who use MCIA as transit point.