Mactan-Cebu International Airport

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Tugpahanang Pangkalibutan sa Mactan-Sugbo
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan-Cebu
Cebu (Lapu-Lapu) - Mactan International (Gen Benito Ebuen AB) (CEB - RPVM) AN2256521.jpg
Exterior of Mactan-Cebu International Airport
IATA: CEBICAO: RPVM
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
Serves Cebu City
Location Barangay Ibo, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Mactan Island
Hub for AirAsia Zest
Cebu Pacific
PAL Express
Philippine Airlines
Built 1956
Elevation AMSL 23 m / 75 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
Website www.mciaa.gov.ph/MCIA
Map
CEB/RPVM is located in Philippines
CEB/RPVM
CEB/RPVM
Location in the Philippines
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 3,300 10,827 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 6,050,564
Aircraft movements 61,872
Metric tonnes of cargo 51,723
2012 Philippine Statistical Yearbook

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

History[edit]

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, 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 Zest Manila, Seoul-Incheon
Air Busan Busan
Air Niugini Port Moresby
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,[11] Zamboanga
Seasonal: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi
China Airlines Seasonal: Taipei-Taoyuan
Far Eastern Air Transport Charter: Taipei-Taoyuan
Jeju Air Busan, Seoul-Incheon
Jin Air Seoul-Incheon
Korean Air Busan, Seoul-Incheon
Philippine Airlines Osaka-Kansai (resumes December 19, 2014),[12] Seoul-Incheon, Tokyo-Narita
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Manila
Philippines AirAsia Manila
SilkAir Singapore1
Tigerair Singapore1
Tigerair Philippines Cagayan de Oro (begins November 29, 2014), Davao (begins November 29, 2014), Manila
Notes
  • ^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

Incidents/Accidents[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Mactan-Benito Ebuen Air Base". Globalsecurity.org. 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," http://www.allvoices.com/s/event-6803478/aHR0cDovL3Bvc2l0aXZlbmV3c21lZGlhLm5ldC9hbTIvcHVibGlzaC9CdXNpbmVzc18xOS9QLU5veV9uYW1lc19mb3VyX0NlYnVhbm9zX3RvX01hY3Rhbl9haXJwb3J0X2JvYXJkLnNodG1s
  4. ^ http://www.passengerterminaltoday.com, news, "Expanded Mactan-Cebu to open in November," http://www.passengerterminaltoday.com/news.php?NewsID=27172
  5. ^ Gregg M. Rubio/FPL (The Freeman), November 03, 2010, "Villarete to finish MCIAA administrative building despite corruption tag," http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=626707&publicationSubCategoryId=107
  6. ^ http://www.philstar.com/business/2014/04/23/1314907/megawide-gmr-remits-p16.1-b-payment-cebu-airport-project
  7. ^ http://www.mb.com.ph/megawide-gmr-airport-design-reflects-cebu-culture/
  8. ^ http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Briefs/PhilippineIndia-consortium-to-overhaul-Cebu-airport-by-2018
  9. ^ http://ppp.gov.ph/?p=7469
  10. ^ ABS-CBN News.com, May 4, 2014, "AirAsia to mount KL-Cebu directs flights," http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/05/04/14/airasia-mount-kl-cebu-direct-flights
  11. ^ "CEB adds Tandag, Surigao del Sur to domestic network" (Press release). Cebu Pacific. 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  12. ^ "Philippine Airlines to Resume Cebu - Osaka service from late-Dec 2014". Airlineroute.net. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 2014. 

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