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Mactan studies feasilibility of new terminal building

By Cris Evert Lato
Inquirer Visayas
First Posted 19:49:00 01/08/2011

Filed Under: Air Transport, Construction & Property, Philippines - Regions, Tourism & Leisure

CEBU CITY, Philippines?Anticipating the influx of tourists in the region in the next ten years, the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) management board has embarked on a $1.4 million feasibility study?funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica)?for a new international terminal.

MCIA general manager Nigel Paul Villarete said Koica has committed to complete the feasibility study between March and April 2011.

?The study will include the masterplan of the airport. We will go into resource generation and funding mode after the completion of the study,? said Villarete.

Asked if Koica will fund the construction of the new terminal, Villarete said, ?It is possible but we will explore other funding agencies.?

The new airport terminal will be located on the right side of the existing international terminal, said Villarete.

He said the new terminal will be large enough to serve the needs of the traveling public for the following ten years.

The airport management board will then review the situation after 10 years to determine if there is a need to expand or renovate the terminal further.

Apart from the new terminal, the Mactan airport is also undergoing a P178-million expansion, which will include the construction of two fixed-link bridges (gangways), two passageways to boarding bridges and two passenger waiting lounges.

Construction will be completed by November 2011, said Villarete.

He said all these developments proved that MCIA is prepared for the full implementation of the pocket open skies policy.

?We are continuously prepared and ready for open skies. We can handle arriving and departing passengers and flights and we are determined to increase even more,? said Villarete.

On average, there are 430 domestic flights and 80 international flights that operate in the MCIA every week.

Meanwhile, Department of Tourism regional director for Central Visayas Rowena Montecillo said the region needs more direct flights from Japan, India and Europe.

?We need warm bodies. We are continuously getting high-end tourists from Japan and corporate bookings from Mumbai. We are continuously exploring sales missions to these countries to sell the Philippines,? said Montecillo.

The biggest groups of foreign tourists in the region come from South Korea, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong and China.

She said this is the year for international conferences which will open more opportunities for the region to encourage more tourists to come.

Montecillo said the East Asian Tourism Forum will be held in Cebu in the middle of 2011, while a gathering of players in the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions field will be held in August.

?We're on a rebound. What is important is that despite the challenges and in the middle of the crisis, we were still able to reach our target,? she said.

Montecillo said the department was determined to reach the six million tourist mark before the end of President Aquino's administration.



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