The First Airport Resort in the World – Mactan-Cebu International Airport

For people who are searching for a perfect and ideal getaway vacation, one of the best tropical places to visit includes the beautiful province of Cebu in Philippines. This is definitely an absolute destination to experience because of its friendly locals, scrumptious food delicacies, stunning resorts and rich cultures, among others.

Of course, they will not recognize Cebu City as the Queen City of the South for nothing because it is one of the most visited areas in the country for worldwide tourists. It continues to attract thousands if not millions of visitors from the different parts of the world each year.

If you we talk about history in this beautiful place in the Visayan region, one of the most interesting developments is the creation of the first resort airport in the world and this is the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

According from the shared news report online, the ceremony for the groundbreaking happened back in June 30, 2015 and the airport is ready for completion this 2018. During the ceremony, then Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, the DOTC officials and other invited guests, among others.

As detailed for the report also through, Edwin Lacierda stated that this world’s first-ever airport with resort is capable of accommodation nearly 12-15 million passengers, which will definitely exceed its usual 4.5 million passenger’s capacity. This kind of improvement means looking forward to the future.

He added that the construction of this airport could provide the country with better reputation in terms of business and tourism ventures. This of course includes boosting the overall economy of the Philippines.

Edwin Lacierda is the former Presidential Spokesperson of the recent Aquino Administration.

As for then Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya, he said that the kick-off groundbreaking ceremony of the new international terminal would be the 2nd largest gateway in the Philippines and can possible compete in the other airports around the globe. Besides improving the economy of the local government here and boosting its tourism, the available jobs during the construction likewise provide better opportunities for many people who live here.

The responsible in constructing this historic resort-airport is the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) and it cost about $14.4 billion for the full operations and maintenance. GMCAC won the bidding in 2014 and this gives the company a 25-year concession deal to manage the MCIA.

With the different improvements and technological fixtures they include, the MCIA will definitely become an excellent airport resort and offering its valued passengers a taste of a luxurious stay. It likewise feature modern lightings using LED bulbs, centralized system for security checking, comfortable departure desk, self-service kiosk, additional counters for the immigrants and more.

The waiting and seating areas will also be part of the overall renovation for the benefit of all people who are visiting and using the airport, regardless of the purpose they have in mind.

As detailed through, the exact vision of the Mactan-Cebu international Airport is not only to become the first resort airport in the world because it also aims to become a huge Airport Hub within Asia Pacific by the year 2020. Of course, this goal is achievable by meeting the Convention on International Civil Aviation Standards and International Standards Organization Integrated Management System.

Without a doubt, the province of Cebu is already a major destination in the Philippines for worldwide tourists and the completion of the MCIA this coming February will certainly boosts its popularity even better. This historical airport is going to become the most accessible gateway to discover the gems of Cebu and the entire Philippine archipelago as well.


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