The Philippines, having been recognized with the “world’s worst airport,” is now having a major upgrade— the Department of Transportation and Communications will start construction on the ‘world’s first resort airport’ in Mactan, Cebu this week.

PNoy led the ground breaking ceremony last June 29, 2015 to replace an existing international airport in the province.

The existing airport, Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will be renovated to cater domestic flights and be completed in 2019 as included in the agreement signed by the brain child of GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC). The MCIA have already started its improvements which includes a new security check system, additional check-in, immigration counters, waiting areas, and redesigned seating areas.

The project aims to increase the capacity of the passengers from 4.5 million to more than 12 million a year.

“The start of the Philippine airports matching the best in the world,” described Transportation Secretary, Joseph Abaya, about the project. He added that this will strengthen the country’s reputation as a major tourist and business destination, boost the local economy, and open more jobs especially in Cebu.

Aside from just being a gateway, the airport will also be considered as a destination that will feel like a resort— with hotels, attractions, and restaurants at the same time, according to the promotional video of the project.

The Php14 billion-project is said to be completed by the year 2018.

Yssa Acosta
Intern
ABCommunication
Leyte Normal University

Sources: YouTube, Dailymail