Mactan – Cebu International Airport (Logo)

Mactan – Cebu
International Airport

  • Owner: GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation
  • Location: Airport Rd., Lapu-Lapu Cebu City
  • GFA: 441, 165 sq.m.
  • Agreement: Build-Operate-Transferfor 25 years
Mactan - Cebu International Airport (Escalator)

The development of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is a 25-year concession agreement, signed between the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, (MCIAA) and the partnership of Filipino engineering innovator Megawide Construction Corporation and Indian infrastructure developer GMR.

The contract includes the construction and operation of Terminal 2, renovation and operation of Terminal 1 (T1) and development of other landside facilities. Since the handover of operations in November 2014, GMCAC has increased airport capacity and passenger traffic. From just 6.5 million, passenger traffic reached closed to 13 million at peak, pre-pandemic.

Under GMCAC, MCIA has won multiple international awards, including Best PPP Project from organizations such as Project Finance International and EuroMoney-IJ Global; Commendation in Airline Marketing from Routes Asia; and Asia Pacific Regional Airport of the Year from the CAPA Center of Aviation.

Engineering Terminal 2 

Terminal 2 is the internationally acclaimed, multi-awarded terminal of Mactan-Cebu International Airport, designed and built by Megawide and partner GMR, with Hong Kong-based Integrated Design Associates as Architect on Record. 

Terminal 2’s most iconic feature is its undulating roof structure made entirely of glued-laminated timber, or glulam, from Austria. It is the first airport in Asia with a roof structure made entirely of Glulam. Three-layer glass panels surround the terminal to keep the heat out during the daytime and minimize any external noise from aircraft.   

The interior flooring, made of white concrete terrazzo with inlaid shards of mother-of-pearl, evokes the sandy beaches of Cebu. This design is a significant feature of the airport, which provides a striking contrast to the high-ceiling timber roof arches and large glass windows.   

The overall design of MCIA Terminal 2 also uses concrete elements as part of the adjacent road networks of the airport, including the elevated road leading to Departures.  Panels were precast on-site for greater overall productivity, including a retaining wall to prevent soil erosion and ensure structural stability.  

MCIA has won back-to-back architecture and design awards, including:  

Awards and Citation

  • Airports and Transportation Centers Category – 2019 International Architecture Awards, organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd.
  • Completed Buildings Transport Category – 2019 World Architecture Festival Awards
  • Airport Bar of the Year for Cabin Bar – 2019 FAB Awards
  • March 2017 | “Highly-commended” for excellence in Airport Marketing
    (Routes Asia Marketing Awards 2017)
  • November 2016 | Asia Pacific Regional Airport of the Year
    (CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence)
  • October 2016 | 14th Best Airport in Asia
    (The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website)
  • March 2016 | Best PPP Deal in Asia Pacific Region
    (IJGlobal Asia Pacific Awards)
  • December 2015 | 2015 Best Transport Deal in Asia Pacific
    (Thomson Reuters’ Project Finance International)
  • October 2015 | 18th Best Airport in Asia
    (The Guide to Sleeping in Airports website)