Mactan-Cebu’s Terminal 2



MANILA — AirAsia said it would shift several international flights to Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport starting July 1.

These include flights from Cebu to Hangzhou, Incheon, Kuala Lumpur, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Singapore and Taipei, AirAsia said on its official Facebook page.

Cebu bets on resort-themed airport terminal to lure 12.5 million passengers. The resort-themed passenger terminal built by Filipino-Indian consortium GMR-Megawide was inaugurated last June 7. Officials hope to grow annual passengers to 12.5 million.

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The country’s largest carrier, Cebu Pacific, will increase flights from Cebu by as much as 20 percent next year, said its president, Lance Gokongwei.

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Effective July 1, 2018 AirAsia is transferring its international flights to and from Cebu to the brand new Terminal 2 of Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) in Cebu, Philippines.

Guests are advised to arrive at the new terminal at least 3 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure. For a seamless journey, AirAsia encourages guests to conduct self-check-in via AirAsia website or AirAsia mobile app before proceeding to the baggage drop counters.

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MACTAN, Cebu – Bejewelled floors shine beneath columns of polished wood and glass ceilings in the newly-inaugurated Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2, a gateway that seeks to remind travelers of the province’s natural wonders and excellence in craftsmanship.

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The 65,500-square meter resort-themed structure was conceptualized by multi-awarded Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue and has a price tag of about P17.5 billion

Here’s a look at the country’s latest gateway that is expected to usher in some 12.5 million passengers every year.

The FACADE ( Outside )

The terminal’s facade boasts of 6 dome-shaped structures with floor-to-ceiling glass panels. The arched gateways are connected by a tempered glass roof that traces the structure’s curved ceiling

“The silhouette of the new building actually looks like waves of the ocean,” Cobonpue told ABS-CBN News.

“In the initial concept, it was a sail but we do not have sailing, it’s not part of Cebuano culture so we wanted to mimic the ocean because Cebu is about the sea,” he said.


Bended glulam wood columns give the departure area a native feel. The 48 check-in counters are decorated with faux-rattan to enhance the warm ambiance in the spacious hall.

“Part of the problem of airports is that they are very cold. They use steel, brass, granite. Everything looks very cold and sometimes clinical. We wanted to find a material that is very durable and warm,” Cobonpue said.
Glulam timber or glue-laminated timber developed and tested in Austria was used for the columns and ceiling of the terminal.

“It’s as strong as steel if not stronger because wood, during an earthquake, just sways,” Cobonpue said.
“This kind of wood is pressure-treated so it’s termite-proof. It’s also treated so that it can also be used outdoors,” he said.

New Interiors for book-ins


Cobonpue and his team decided to strategically place a tempered glass on the walls and ceilings of the hub to allow passengers to have a more breathable and refreshing space.

“The challenge in every airport is to bring the light in without the heat that comes with it so that’s why it’s strategically placed. If you see the ceiling, it allows natural light to come in,” he said.


The terminal’s terrazzo flooring tends to shine when hit by light as the mother of pearl shards were inserted into the tiles. The jewels were inserted to let the floor “sparkle like the white sand beaches of Cebu.” “Cebu is about the sea, about fishing. The pearl symbolizes that” Cobonpue said


Restroom stalls divided using mahogany wood. Toilets are equipped with bidets and sensor-activated flush systems. Moss installations were also placed on walls to stabilize humidity and improve air quality in restrooms.


Curved wood installations decorate the ceiling of the terminal’s duty-free and retail space. Food kiosks and counters are also wrapped in faux-ratan to make the native design consistent.

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Curved wood installations decorate the ceiling of the terminal’s duty-free and retail space. Food kiosks and counters are also wrapped in faux-ratan to make the native design consistent.


At least 10 immigration counters are available both in the departure and arrival halls. Four baggage carousels are placed in a spacious hall on the terminal’s lower level.

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Courtesy of ABS-CBN by LegendsTraveler

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