MCIA serves over 1M passengers in 2 months-A A +A
By Mia A. Aznar
Thursday, April 24, 2014
FOR the first two months of the year, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has already served over one million domestic and international passengers.
Figures posted by the MCIA Authority on their website state that 1.187 million foreign and local travelers have passed through the airport in January and February.
Domestic passengers totaled 896,595, consisting of 448,436 incoming passengers and 448,159 outgoing passengers while international passengers totaled 290,495, consisting of 139,437 incoming passengers and 151,058 outgoing passengers.
In 2013, 6.9 million local and foreign travelers passed through the MCIA, about 5.39 million from domestic travelers and 1.16 million from foreign travelers.
January and February saw 10,719 flights, with 5,368 outgoing and 5,351 incoming flights served. Domestic flights made up 8,821 of the flights, with 4,405 incoming flights and 4,416 outgoing flights while the airport recorded 1,898 international flights, with 946 of these incoming and 952 of these outgoing flights. Last year, the MCIA recorded 64,945 flights, with 53,954 domestic flights and 10,991 international flights.
For the first two months of 2014, over 10 million pieces of cargo and 9.7 million pieces of baggage were transported through the airport facility from domestic and international flights. They registered 7.7 million pieces of cargo and 5.9 million pieces of baggage transported domestically and 2.4 million pieces of cargo and 3.8 million pieces of baggage transported internationally.
Last year, a total of 61.7 million pieces of cargo and 54.4 million pieces of baggage passed through the MCIA. Of the cargo, some 46 million were from domestic flights and about 15 million came from international flights. Of the baggage, over 32 million were transported on domestic flights while international flights accounted for 21 million pieces.
This week, the Department of Transportation and Communication signed the concession agreement with the GMR-Megawide Consortium to operate and maintain the MCIA and construct a new passenger terminal. The MCIA covers an area of 797 hectares.
Construction of the new terminal is expected to begin next year while renovations to the existing facility are expected to begin after the turnover.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 25, 2014.