Maximizing Cebu’s strategic location as a gateway to the Philippines
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the Philippines’ largest international aviation hub outside of Metro Manila, is central to Cebu’s position as a gateway to the country. This award-winning airport connects the province to 26 domestic and 10 international destinations, and in 2019 accommodated 12.6 million passengers. Aside from serving a crucial role in facilitating trade and boosting the local and regional economy, the airport is also key to providing business and leisure travelers with a glimpse of what the province has to offer.
MCIA fulfills all these functions while also serving as a model of a smart, sustainable, and highly efficient global aviation hub. This plastic-free facility bans the use of non-biodegradable single-use plastics and polystyrene containers, and it employs 6,300 solar panels to meet its demand for electricity. In addition to implementing best practices in environmental management, the airport is also exploring the incorporation of digital technologies, such as advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, in its operations. These features are expected to elevate the overall experience of local and international travelers and bolster MCIA’s role as one of the country’s premier international gateways.
Aboitiz InfraCapital, GMR Group, and Megawide Construction Corporation make up the forward-looking consortium that was recently formed to manage the operation and further development of MCIA. Together, these entities aim to leverage their unique experiences and expertise in order to transform the airport into an international gateway that every Filipino can be proud of.