The aftermath of Yolanda- the super typhoon that carved a wide swath of destruction across central Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013 – saw the Mactan Cebu International Airport transform overnight.
Under the helm of the Mactan- Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), the airport did not just bravely weather Yolanda’s wrath. In a few hours, the airport was not only ready to resume normal operations as the country’s second international gateway. The airport became the center for operations of the biggest international relief effort the Philippines has ever seen.
Aside from the international and domestic commercial flights that resumed as soon as possible, giant transport aircrafts from all over the world poured tons of relief goods and equipment daily. On November 12, 2013, the world’s largest transport aircraft, the Antonov AN 225 Mriya, successfully lands in Mactan-Cebu International Airport to deliver the 140- ton power generator.
The airport became the hub of an international effort to get Yolanda- devastated areas back on their feet.
This transformation is now enshrined in MCIAA history. We recall this as we celebrate another milestone. Today, the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) stands proud because of 25 years of inspiration, sustenance, and optimization.
The Mactan- Cebu International Airport started operations in the mid 1960’s as a replacement of the old Lahug Airport.
The airport served as the country’s second international gateway and a key to expanding Cebu’s development as a hub for tourism, trade, and industry.
On July 31, 1990, Republic Act 6958 authored by then Sen. John Henry Osmeña, Rep. Raul del Mar and signed by President Corazon Aquino, took effect. Thus Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority was born.
To meet international standards, construction of a New Domestic Passenger Terminal began on April 1993 and was inaugurated in 1996.
On July 14, 2011, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines issued Aerodrome Certificate AGA-C-01-2011 to MCIAA, marking the Mactan- Cebu International Airport as the 1st and only certified airport in the Philippines.
Anticipating exponential growth in air traffic as the country enters the era of the ASEAN Integration, the MCIAA embarks in a more ambitious transformation- a step towards the realization of our vision for the Mactan- Cebu International Airport to become a major Airport Hub in the Asia Pacific region.
The MCIAA entered into a public-private partnership arrangement to build an inspiring modern resort-like terminal while sustaining and optimizing its expertise in airport management.
Thus, it turned over to GMR Megawide the operations and maintenance of the airport terminal on October, 2014 as we focus on improving the airside of airport operations.
On June 29, 2015, His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III led the groundbreaking of the Mactan Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal Building.
Completion is due by 2018.