Mactan Airport expansion delayed


CEBU CITY: The delay in the relocation of hangars and other several facilities within the Philippine Air Force base in Mactan Island may setback the construction of a second terminal (T2) at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) next year.

Louie Ferrer, chief marketing officer of the GMR-Megawide consortium, said the T2 construction is largely dependent on the transfer of the air base facilities that stand in the way of the proposed world-class terminal. The consortium is tasked to improve and manage the international airport for 25 years after it won the bid for the P17.5-billion expansion project.

Ferrer added that they wanted the relocation or replication of the facilities fast-tracked so they could begin the construction works early next year and complete it by 2018.

Under a concession agreement, the DOTC-MCIA Authority is charged to remove about 17 PAF facilities within the year so T2 construction can begin early in 2015. The DOTC is yet to award the replication or relocation projects to a contractor.



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