Mactan-Cebu Airport's new international terminal will shift to full operations in just a few days.
According to the management of the airport, the PHP17 biillion (USD $318 million) Terminal 2 will officially welcome its first passengers on July 1 . On that day, any international arrivals after 2AM Philippine Time (6PM GMT) will be among the first to use the new terminal.
“This formal communications serves to notify the public that Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will be commissioned for full operations on July 1, 2018,” the advisory dated June 22 stated.
The announcement also stated any international flights scheduled before the transition will still use current terminal, Terminal 1. The last arriving international flights to use the Terminal 1 will be Cebu Pacific flight 5J129 from Seoul, South Korea. The last departure will be Asiana Airlines flight OZ710 from Cebu to Seoul.
Cebu Airport's management stated that the first arrival to the new terminal will be China Eastern MU5023 from Shanghai, which is scheduled to arrive at 3:40AM on July 1. The turnaround flight will also be the first scheduled departure operating as MU5024 to Shanghai.
Other airlines such as Air Asia have started to advise travellers of the change. “We are delighted to be moving to a new terminal, which will provide our guests with an enhanced travel experience. The relocation to the new terminal also provides us with great capacity for long-term growth and expansion in Cebu as AirAsia’s hub,” said AirAsia Philippines chief executive officer Captain Dexter Comendador. The airline will also be the introducing its Cebu-Shanghai services on July 7.
While international flights will use the new terminal, all domestic flights will remain at Terminal 1.
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.