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
Airport type Public
Operator Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
Serves Cebu City
Location Barangay Ibo, Lapu-Lapu City
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
CEB/RPVM is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
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, Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional de Mactán-Cebú) (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). The terminal building has a capacity of handling 4.5 million passengers annually on two wings, the domestic wing and the international wing.[citation needed]

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

Its traffic is continually increasing and is now[when?] serving 602 commercial flights weekly from 14 passenger airlines transporting 10,223 passengers daily.[citation needed] About 54% of the flight operations at Mactan-Cebu International Airport are commercial carriers while the remaining 46% are military aircraft and general aviation operations. In the last 15 years, Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s passenger traffic has grown at an annual average of 21% for international passenger traffic while the domestic passenger traffic grew at an annual average of 5%. The airport is the second busiest airport of the Philippines in cargo traffic served by 5 cargo airlines. Its cargo volume in 2007 was 53,472,924 kg (117,887,618 lb). International cargo volume increased at an average growth rate of 47% annually while the domestic cargo grew 4% annually.


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]

Civilian Operations[edit]

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).

21st Century[edit]

An expansion of the existing terminal building, the construction of two more jetways and a new cargo terminal has been proposed.[when?]

On August 20, 2008, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) announced that about P300 million 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. Two out of the only seven 5-star airlines in the world operate flights from the airport, Cathay Pacific and Asiana Airlines.

In 2010, the newly elected Philippine President, Benigno Aquino III, has selected Nigel Paul Villarete as the new General Manager of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport(MCIA)[3] and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCIAA. Upon his assumption on October 26, 2010,[4] MCIAA General Manager Villarete has prioritized the completion of the terminal expansion[5] and the completion of the unfinished administration building.[6] In addition, the Feasibility Study for the New MCIA International Terminal will be completed in 2011,[7] and has been included in President Benigno Aquino III's List of Priority Projects for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) implementation.[8] The feasibility study is being financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

In addition, MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line to transport airport passengers to and from different parts of Cebu. This will complement and maybe be integrated into the proposed Cebu Bus Rapid Transit System being planned for Cebu City.[9]

The plan for a new terminal expansion of the airport is underway and estimated to $240 million. The deadlines for bidding was extended to April 5, 2013 for this project from earlier March 22.[10]

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.

Typhoon Haiyan[edit]

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.

Terminals, airlines and destinations[edit]

The existing terminal houses both domestic and international operations and has an annual capacity of 4.5 million passengers.[11]

Airlines Destinations
AirAsia Zest Cagayan de Oro, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Seoul-Incheon
Air Busan Busan
Air Niugini Port Moresby
Asiana Airlines Seoul-Incheon
Cathay Pacific Hong Kong
Cebu Pacific Angeles, Bacolod, Busan, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Caticlan, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Seoul-Incheon, Siargao, Singapore, Surigao, Tacloban, 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 Manila, Seoul-Incheon, Taipei-Taoyuan, Tokyo-Narita
Philippine Airlines
operated by PAL Express
Busuanga, Hong Kong, Manila
Philippines AirAsia Manila
SilkAir Singapore 1
SkyJet Charter: Catarman, Caticlan, Siargao, Surigao, Tablas, Tagbilaran, Tuguegarao [12]
Tigerair Singapore
Tigerair Philippines Manila
TransAsia Airways Charter: Taipei-Taoyuan
  • ^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. ^ Marian Z. Codilla, Cebu Daily News, 10/27/2010, "Villarete sworn in as Mactan airport chief,"
  5. ^, news, "Expanded Mactan-Cebu to open in November,"
  6. ^ Gregg M. Rubio/FPL (The Freeman), November 03, 2010, "Villarete to finish MCIAA administrative building despite corruption tag,"
  7. ^ Cris Evert Lato, Inquirer Visayas, 01/08/2011, "Mactan studies feasilibility of new terminal building,"
  8. ^ Jessica Ann R. Pareja, The Freeman, October 26, 2010, "BRT, MCIAA development among P.Noy's top projects,"
  9. ^ Cebu Daily News, January 05, 2011, "Revamp, BRT setup eyed for Mactan airport,"
  10. ^ "Philippine PPPs queue up investors". 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ "SkyJet: CHARTER SERVICE". SkyJet. September 8, 2013. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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