Mactan–Cebu International Airport

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Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Mactan–Sugbo (Cebuano)
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan–Cebu (Tagalog)
Mactan Cebu Airport Logo.png
Cebu (Lapu-Lapu) - Mactan International (Gen Benito Ebuen AB) (CEB - RPVM) AN2256521.jpg
Exterior of Mactan–Cebu International Airport
Airport type Public
Operator Mactan–Cebu International Airport Authority
Serves Metro Cebu
Location Lapu-Lapu Airport Road, Ibo, Lapu-Lapu City, Metro Cebu, Philippines
Hub for AirAsia Zest
Cebu Pacific
PAL Express
Philippine Airlines
Built 1956
Elevation AMSL 11 m / 36 ft
Coordinates 10°18′48″N 123°58′58″E / 10.31333°N 123.98278°E / 10.31333; 123.98278Coordinates: 10°18′48″N 123°58′58″E / 10.31333°N 123.98278°E / 10.31333; 123.98278
CEB/RPVM is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,300 10,827 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 6,839,849
Aircraft movements 56,281
Cargo (in kgs) 54,130,285
2014 MCIAA Statistcs

Mactan–Cebu International Airport (Cebuano: Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Mactan–Sugbo, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan–Cebu) (IATA: CEBICAO: RPVM) located in Central Visayas region, is the second busiest airport of the Philippines and one of the top 20 airports in the ASEAN region in 2011.[citation needed] It is located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, part of Metro Cebu. The airport is managed by the Mactan–Cebu International Airport Authority. It covers an area of 797 hectares (1,970 acres).

It has a single 3,300-meter (10,800 ft) runway that was built by the United States in 1956 as an emergency airport for Strategic Air Command bombers and was known as the Mactan Air Base.[1] The runway is complemented by a full-length taxiway that it shares with the current Mactan Air Base of the Philippine Air Force.

Mactan–Cebu International Airport was chosen as the most viable location for the world's largest aircraft, Antonov 225, to safely land when considering the combination of onward land transportation, sea freight, and airport capacity. The arrival of the aircraft in Lapu-Lapu City marked the very first time that the aircraft landed in the Philippines.


The runway was built by the United States Air Force in 1956 as an emergency airport for Strategic Air Command bombers and it was known as the Mactan Air Base.[1] It remained a spartan outpost until the Vietnam War in the 1960s when it became a base for a C-130 unit of the U.S. Air Force.[1]

In the mid-1960s, the civilian airport was opened, to replace the Lahug Airport (now the site of Cebu IT Park), which could no longer be expanded due to safety and physical problems. The airport was later expanded to the current Mactan–Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

On August 20, 2008, the Mactan–Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) announced that about 300 million Philippine pesos will be spent for the terminal expansion program to address the increasing volume of passenger traffic. MCIAA former general manager Danilo Augusto Francia said the program also includes the establishment of a second passenger terminal in the Mactan–Cebu International Airport.[2] In 2009, former general manager Francia announced for the public bidding for the construction of the new generation terminal to service only international flight.

In 2010, the newly elected Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III selected Nigel Paul Villarete as the new General Manager of the Mactan–Cebu International Airport (MCIA)[3] and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCIAA. Mr. Villarete prioritized the completion of the terminal expansion[4] and the completion of the unfinished administration building.[5]

A Boeing 777F operated by Emirates SkyCargo at the airport with relief goods for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda donated by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development.

Following Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), one of the biggest typhoons ever recorded and one of the most destructive typhoons in the Philippines, the airport was used as a center for air operations for the relief effort. The airport is centrally located in the Visayas which was the region most affected by the storm, especially the Eastern Visayas islands of Leyte and Samar. The Cebu airport was relatively unaffected by the storm while the airports of the Eastern Visayas were unusable immediately after.

On April 23, 2014, the Department of Transportation and Communications awarded the operations and maintenance of MCIA to a consortium of the Philippine Megawide Construction Corporation and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure. The consortium won with a bid of 17.5 billion Philippine pesos. MCIAA will turn over to the private consortium the operations and maintenance of the airport starting October 2014.[6] The new terminal building to be designed by local architects[7] is expected to be completed by 2018.[8]

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]

The existing terminal houses both domestic and international operations and has an annual capacity of 4.5 million passengers.[9]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Kuala Lumpur[10]
AirAsia Philippines Manila
AirAsia Zest Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Kota Kinabalu, Manila, Seoul–Incheon
Air Busan Busan
Asiana Airlines Seoul–Incheon
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Bacolod, Busan, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Seoul–Incheon, Siargao, Singapore, Surigao, Tacloban, Tandag, Tokyo–Narita,[11] Zamboanga
China Airlines Charter: Taipei–Taoyuan[12]
Far Eastern Air Transport Charter: Taipei–Taoyuan
Jeju Air Seoul–Incheon
Jin Air Seoul–Incheon
Korean Air Busan, Seoul–Incheon
Mandarin Airlines Charter: Kaohsiung[12]
Orenair Seasonal Charter: Moscow-Sheremetyevo[13]
Philippine Airlines Manila, Nagoya–Centrair,[14] Osaka–Kansai, Seoul–Incheon, Tokyo–Narita
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Bacolod (begins March 29, 2015), Butuan (resumes March 29, 2015), Cagayan de Oro (resumes March 29, 2015), Davao (begins March 29, 2015), Iloilo (begins March 29, 2015), Manila (resumes March 29, 2015), Tacloban (begins March 29, 2015), General Santos (TBA)
SilkAir Singapore1
Tigerair Singapore1
Tigerair Philippines Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Manila, Puerto Princesa (begins March 29, 2015)
  • ^1 : This flight may make a stop between Cebu and the listed destination. However, the airline does not have rights to transport passengers solely between Cebu and the intermediate stop.
Cargo Airlines
2GO (Air)
FedEx Express
Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines
Tri-MG Intra Asia Airlines
TransGlobal Airways


On December 11, 1994, Philippine Airlines Flight 434 was flying on its second leg of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport – Mactan–Cebu International Airport – New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport) route when a bomb on board exploded, killing a passenger. The airliner was able to make an emergency landing. Authorities later found out that Ramzi Yousef planted the bomb on the airliner to test the bomb for his Project Bojinka plot. His project was discovered in Manila after an apartment fire on the night of January 5 and the morning of January 6, 1995.

Ramzi Yousef was on board Flight 434 from Manila when he planted the bomb beneath a vacant seat. He used a fake identity thus he was able to pass through security in Manila. Yousef set the time for the bomb to blow off when the airplane was already in its Cebu–Tokyo leg. Yousef got off the plane during the stopover in Cebu from Manila.


  1. ^ a b c "Mactan–Benito Ebuen Air Base". Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Mactan–Cebu airport to set aside P300-M for expansion
  3. ^ Positive News Media, "P-Noy names four Cebuanos to Mactan airport board",
  4. ^, news, "Expanded Mactan–Cebu to open in November,"
  5. ^ Gregg M. Rubio/FPL (The Freeman), November 03, 2010, "Villarete to finish MCIAA administrative building despite corruption tag,"
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  10. ^ ABS-CBN, May 4, 2014, "AirAsia to mount KL–Cebu direct flights",
  11. ^ "Cebu Pacific to launch direct Cebu-Tokyo flights". Cebu Pacific. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ "PH Embassy hosts launch of Moscow-Cebu charter flights". Department of Foreign Affairs - Philippines Official webpage. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
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