‘Resort’ terminal inaugurated today

The doors to what’s been billed as a “resort airport” will formally be opened today, adding flair and much-needed capacity to the country’s second-busiest gateway.

Three years after construction started, Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will be inaugurated by GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) with President Rodrigo Duterte in attendance.

“The world-class terminal is expected to increase the airport’s total handling capacity. It was designed in collaboration with world-class Cebuano and Filipino artists, as well as international design and architectural firms, with the aim to provide a welcoming ambiance that is distinctly Filipino,” the Transportation department said in a statement.

Terminal 2 was completed ahead of schedule but the Transportation department is keeping to a July 1 start for commercial operations.

A striking wooden roof marks the new facility, a three-story building spanning 65,500 square meters that is expected to increase the MCIA’s passenger capacity to 12.5 million annually. Its design aims to highlight the natural attractions of the Philippines.

Construction of the second terminal was mandated under the terms of a 25-year build-operate-transfer contract bagged by GMCAC, a partnership between Megawide Construction Corp. and India’s GMR Infrastructure, in 2014.

GMR-Megawide offered a P14.4-billion premium on top of the P17.5-billion project cost. Legal challenges to the award were dismissed by the Supreme Court in 2016.

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