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New Mactan Airport terminal recognized for its design

The new passenger terminal building at Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), also called Terminal 2 or T2, was recognized for its design at the World Architecture Festival.

T2 was named the winner in the Completed Buildings-Transport Category during the festival, held from December 4 to 6 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

"This is a simple and elegant new airport that uses many locally sourced materials. It is integrated into the local area through the development of a local hub and a landscape plan,” the judges stated on the festival’s website.

“The internal spaces are light and uncluttered and the design is capable of future extension. It is clearly popular with the local community and this established a memorable travels experiences,” they added.

The terminal was designed by the Hong Kong-based architectural firm Integrated Design Associates with support from Budji+Royal and famed Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

“Among its strengths are its simple elegance, its innovative use of both foreign and locally sourced materials, and its oneness with its surroundings,” the Department of Tourism said in a separate statement.

“The building’s roof is meant to represent the ocean, while its expansive and exposed internal structure reminds one of the hull of a boat; its brightness and openness of space, deeply symbolic of the Filipinos’ welcoming nature,” the department added.

The resort terminal started operations in July 2018, bringing total capacity of MCIA to 12.5 million passengers. MCIA is the second busiest airport in the Philippines, next to Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Construction of the T2 was part of the first airport public-private partnership (PPP) project in the country.

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, which built the terminal and currently operates and maintains it and other facilities, is a joint venture of Filipino-owned Megawide Construction Corporation and India’s GMR Infrastructure. Megawide holds 60% equity in the company.

GMR-Megawide is also renovating Terminal 1, which now serves as purely a domestic passenger terminal, and is looking to further expand the airport by constructing an additional full-length taxiway and second parallel runway.

A third passenger terminal building is also in the pipeline as government eyes to increase MCIA’s capacity to 35 million by 2025. (Ventures Cebu)

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