TACLOBAN CITY — The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the biggest international hub in Central Philippines, makes a pitch to increase tourism traffic for Eastern Visayas through the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in this city.
“Being the gateway to Eastern Visayas, Tacloban brings us closer to the natural and historical attractions of Leyte and its neighboring provinces. We are continuing to see significant growth in the Tacloban market, so our goal is to further develop this connection,” Aines Librodo, head of airline marketing and tourism development of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), said during a sales mission here.
GMCAC is the developer of the MCIA under a 25-year Public-Private Partnership concession agreement with the Philippine government. It opened the new international terminal, Terminal 2, in July 2018 and completed the full renovation of Terminal 1 in December 2019.
Tacloban serves as the regional center for Eastern Visayas and is among the top regional destinations contributing to MCIA’s domestic passenger traffic as the MCIA recorded a total of 166,000 domestic passengers and 24 flights per week to and from Tacloban in 2019.
“The sales mission is one of the ways GMCAC connects with travel and tourism stakeholders across the Philippines,” Librodo said.
“While our focus is on route development, we also take this opportunity to update stakeholders on significant airport developments, such as new facilities and new partner airlines,” she added.
The MCIA is an ideal transfer hub for passengers in Visayas and Mindanao with most domestic destinations reachable within a flight time of one hour or less. MCIA is currently connected to 25 domestic destinations and 25 international destinations with its six domestic partner airlines and 20 international partner airlines.
The mission in Tacloban is the last leg of GMCAC’s sales missions that kicked off in Davao City and conducted as well in Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and Iloilo.