Construction work has started on the new Terminal 2 (T2) building at Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the Philippines. The work is being carried out by the airport operator, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC), a public-private partnership (PPP) formed between Indian engineering firm GMR Infrastructure, Philippines-based engineers Megawide Construction Corporation, and the Department of Transportation and Communication.
GMCAC won the 25-year concession to rehabilitate and operate Mactan-Cebu Airport in November 2014 on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis. The group will now construct a new terminal that is expected to boost the capacity of the airport from 4.5 million to 15.8 million passengers a year. It has a completion date of mid-2018.
Srinivas Bommidala, business chairman airports, GMR Group, said, “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony marks another milestone in this exciting journey. The new terminal will be specifically developed to let the passengers enjoy the Cebuano experience the moment they set foot in the Philippines. Given our impressive record of building Indira Gandhi International Airport in Dehli and Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul in record time, we are confident that we will open T2 to passengers by mid-2018.”
Louie Ferrer, president of GMCAC, said, “As we break ground today for the construction of the airport’s second terminal, we mark the beginning of our expansion, and embolden our vision toward becoming the first resort-airport in the world. In the past seven months, the existing terminal has undergone many changes, which has greatly improved the experience of our passengers.