NOTE: This article has been corrected after verification from GMCAC regarding the opening of the new Terminal 2 at Mactan Cebu Airport.
According to Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Steve Dicdican said they will be ready to inaugurate the new terminal on June 7 and it will be fully operational on July 1.
Terminal 2 will serve all international flights to/from Cebu, while the current Terminal 1 will be used for all domestic flights. The terminal will be inaugurated during a ceremony which will take place on June 7. The first flights won't begin using the new terminal on the first of July.
As local players Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Philippines AirAsia have contributed to the rapid growth of domestic connections from Cebu, airport operator GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) has stepped up its efforts to bring in more international flights to the Central Visayas.
Cebu has emerged as a prime alternate gateway for travelers going to/from the Philippines, as Manila's Ninoy Aquino Airport congestion problems have been well documented. By the end of 2017, travelers could fly to/from Cebu and 21 international and 35 domestic destinations with 24 airlines. The new terminal will boost the airport's designed capacity to 12.5 million passengers a year.
The design team for the new terminal was comprised of local designers Budji Layug, Royal Pineda and Kenneth Cobunpue along with Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates (IDA). IDA has an impressive resume when it comes to designing airport experiences, having previously worked on Hong Kong, Delhi-Indira Gandhi, and Beijing-Capital airports.