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The Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MCIA) was awarded as the Asia-Pa­cific Medium Air­port of the Year amongst air­ports with over 10 mil­lion an­nual pas­sen­gers, for hav­ing been “the big­gest stand­out strate­gi­cally”, hav­ing “es­tab­lished it­self as a strate­gic leader”, and hav­ing “done the most to ad­vance the progress of the avi­a­tion in­dus­try”, in the CAPA 2018 Asia Avi­a­tion Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

CAPA’s Avi­a­tion Awards for Ex­cel­lence, held at Sin­ga­pore on No­vem­ber 8, is re­garded as the pre­em­i­nent awards for strate­gic ex­cel­lence in avi­a­tion. It re­wards air­lines and air­ports that are not only suc­cess­ful but have also pro­vided in­dus­try lead­er­ship in ad­just­ing to a new en­vi­ron­ment.

MCIA was se­lected for the suc­cess­ful open­ing of Ter­mi­nal 2, which pro­vides am­ple ca­pac­ity to sup­port in­ter­na­tional growth and of­fers the best air­port pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence in the Philip­pines. Ter­mi­nal 2 lifts the air­port’s ca­pac­ity from 4.5 mil­lion to 12.5 mil­lion. The ter­mi­nal took only three years to build with con­struc­tion be­gin­ning less than a year af­ter the air­port was trans­ferred to a new pri­vate sec­tor con­sor­tium con­sist­ing of In­dia’s GMR and the Philip­pines’ Me­gaw­ide.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful pri­va­ti­za­tion, MCIA won CAPA’s Asia Pa­cific small air­port of the year cat­e­gory in 2016. An­nual traf­fic reached 10 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2017, putting MCIA in the medium air­port cat­e­gory. To­tal pas­sen­ger traf­fic at Cebu grew at a con­sis­tent 14% clip in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and has ac­cel­er­ated this year, reach­ing 26% in the first eight months of 2018.

MCIA’s in­ter­na­tional traf­fic has more than dou­bled since 2014, when the air­port han­dled only 1.7 mil­lion in­ter­na­tional pas­sen­gers. In­ter­na­tional traf­fic grew 29% in 2017 to 3.1 mil­lion, and is on pace to ex­ceed 5 mil­lion this year fol­low­ing 65% growth through the first eight months.

All three main Philip­pine air­line groups have been pur­su­ing rapid ex­pan­sion at Cebu, which they are now us­ing the air­port as an al­ter­na­tive hub for trans­fer traf­fic. The air­port also has at­tracted eight new for­eign air­lines over the last three years, and is cur­rently served by 16 for­eign car­ri­ers. MCIA’s net­work has ex­panded rapidly, and cur­rently con­sists of 24 in­ter­na­tional and 16 do­mes­tic des­ti­na­tions.

The open­ing of the new in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal fol­lows a highly suc­cess­ful pri­va­ti­za­tion, po­si­tion­ing the air­port for rapid growth and mak­ing MCIA a model for other air­ports in the Philip­pines and through­out Asia as po­ten­tial PPP (Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship) op­por­tu­ni­ties are eval­u­ated,” added Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity Gen­eral Man­ager Steve Dicdi­can.

At a time of in­dus­try up­heaval, CAPA Avi­a­tion Awards win­ners are rec­og­nized for adopt­ing strate­gies that of­fer new direc­tions for oth­ers to take up. The CAPA Awards for Ex­cel­lence are not driven by cus­tomer sur­veys or spon­sor­ship. An in­de­pen­dent panel of in­ter­na­tional judges re­searches the awards.

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