MCIA to use bus shuttles in 2015

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Monday, August 18, 2014

THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will change its transport service system from private cars to bus shuttle by next year.

MCIA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said that together with the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), they are studying the options for the “bus service” institutional arrangements, which should be out soon.

“Our partner and terminal operator, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) is likewise studying the off-terminal check-in parallel. Probably in 2015, we can already offer these services,” Villarete said.


Earlier, GMCAC President Louie Ferrer said his company, which has a contract with the Philippine Government to manage, operate and convert the airport into a world class facility, will take full control of the terminal in October.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) signed a contract with GMCAC last April after the consortium won the bidding in the public-private partnership (PPP) project under the Aquino administration and after depositing P14.4 billion to the government.


In the contract, GMCAC will transform the airport into a world class facility, including the renovation of an existing terminal that will be completed by 2016 and the construction of a new terminal building that will be operational by 2017.

GMR Deputy chief Executive Officer Andrew Harrison said GMCAC will start the renovation of the existing terminal once they take full control of the airport.

Harrison said MCIA has a current capacity of 4.5 million passengers, and that the new terminal that they are going to build will have a capacity of eight million.

Harrison said they are not only concerned about the convenience and safety of passengers inside the airport but also about efficient transport access from and to the airport.

Villarete said a third bridge connecting Mactan and mainland Cebu will complement the expected increase in air passengers in the next few years.

Earlier, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy said that with the go-signal of Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama, the third bridge will be built from South Road Properties to Cordova passing through Shell Island.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2014.

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