PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte described the Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s (MCIA) as the most beautiful airport in the country today when he led the inauguration of its new passenger terminal on Thursday evening.
“I am extra proud to be a citizen of the Philippines and most proud to be a worker of a government that produced something very beautiful and good for the people,” said Duterte.
“‘Di ko naman akalain na ganto kaganda ‘to. Napakaganda ng airport niyo. Inggit din ako kasi ang tagal kong mayor ng Davao. I want Davao people to enjoy an airport as beautiful as this,” the President said.
“It is exciting to see that you have come this far and letting our kababayans and visitors see and experience the results of our promise of real and lasting change,” he said.
Duterte praised the developer of the airport for the impressive design of the structure. The President said he was also happy that the passenger terminal houses priceless artworks made by some of the best homegrown artists.
“Your masterpieces will not just add to the aesthetic values, but showcase our rich cultural heritage,” he said.
As one of the finest airports in Asia, Duterte said the MCIA will showcase the best of what the Philippines has to offer.
“This airport will definitely be the region’s primary gateway that will make the province of Cebu a premiere tourist destination in Asia,” said Duterte.
“Without doubt, this project will become a catalyst for inclusive countryside development in the region,” he said.
The construction of the new terminal building officially started in June 2015, with the aim of reducing airport congestion and increasing the airport’s annual passenger capacity from 4.5 million passengers per year to 12.2 million. Its floor area is 65,000 square meters, twice more than the 27,000 minimum floor area in the concession agreement.
The new terminal’s design, a product of a collaboration of world-class Cebuano and Filipino artists as well as international architectural firms, aims to provide a welcoming ambiance that is distinctly Filipino.
Part of the “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, the MCIA Terminal 2 will start commercial operations on July 1. The new terminal will cater to international flights, while the existing Terminal 1 will handle domestic flights.
The inauguration was also attended by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Steve Dicdican, key cabinet members, congressmen, and executives from the private partner, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), and local government units.