Mactan-Cebu airport set for more Chinese tourists
The consortium of Megawide Corp. and India’s GMR expects Chinese tourist arrivals to increase as local and foreign airlines launch additional direct flights to China from Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).
Starting Sept.1, Philippine Airlines will double its twice-a-week Cebu-Beijing operations.
Last month, Cebu Pacific, Philippines Air Asia, and China Eastern added flights to China to accommodate Chinese tourists traveling through MCIA.
“We are mindful of the fact that our traffic growth in Cebu will be driven to a greater extent by our visitors from China. As such we have taken various initiatives to prepare for this growth,” said Louie Ferrer, president of GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC).
For an efficient and seamless travel through Mactan Airport, GMCAC installed informational signages in both terminals 1 and 2 with Mandarin translations, as well as Hangul and Nihongo translations.
MCIA currently has eight partner airlines flying both commercial and chartered flights to 10 destinations in mainland China. In the first half, it served a total of 5.76 million. This number is projected to reach MCIA’s 11.2 million passenger target for the year.