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Completion of Cebu airport runway by mid-2022 pushed

  • The Department of Transportation is pressing for completion of the second runway of Mactan-Cebu International Airport by May 2022 or earlier
  • Already completed are the rehabilitation and improvement of the general aviation terminal building, extension of the existing aircraft parking apron
  • Meanwhile, construction works at Bicol International Airport are 72.2% completed, with Package 2A with an 88.2% completion rate and Package 2B with 49.5% as of January 13

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is pushing for completion of the second runway of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) by May 2022 or even earlier.

DOTr also said construction of another airport–Bicol International Airport (BIA)–is now 72.2% complete.

Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, during a project inspection at MCIA on January 20, 2021, instructed Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) and Philippine Japan Airport Consultants to “make sure that construction of the second runway will be completed by May 2022 and even earlier as stated in the contract.”

He said a second runway at MCIA, the second largest airport and one of the busiest airports in the Philippines, will make the transport and movement of resources needed to combat the coronavirus disease faster and more efficient.

As part of the airport’s upgrade works, MCIAA has already completed the rehabilitation and improvement of the general aviation terminal building, extension of the existing aircraft parking apron, as well as the construction of the transportation and heavy equipment division, maintenance road and secondary perimeter fence.

The airport’s multi-purpose hall, which was constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways to serve as the evacuation facility of MCIA, is also finished.

The taxiway and other facilities are still being constructed.

Construction works at BIA, meanwhile, have logged a 72.2% overall progress rate.

As of January 13, Package 2A of the project is now 88.2% complete while Package 2B is 49.5% complete.

Construction work for Package 2A is being handled by the Sunwest Construction and Development Corp. and covers the airport’s landside facilities, such as the administration building, air traffic control building, crash fire rescue building, and maintenance building.

Package 2B, handled by the E.M. Cuerpo Construction Co., covers the construction of the passenger terminal building, taxiway, runway extension, and other site development works.

Once completed, BIA, which features the iconic Mayon Volcano as a magnificent backdrop, is expected to serve a total of two million passengers every year. The new international airport is also projected to boost air traffic in the region amid the existing coronavirus disease pandemic.

BIA construction was initially started in 2008 but was stopped in 2012 before resuming in 2016.

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