Airport Profile

Airport ProfileThe Mactan(Cebu) International Airport is located in Mactan Island, province of Cebu in Central Philippines and connected to Cebu City, the provincial capital 20 kilometers due southwest, through the Mactan-Mandaue bridge. The airport is about 600 kilometers of the Ninoy Aquino (Manila) International Airport (NAIA) and serves as the southern
hub of the air transportation system of the Philippines. Mactan(Cebu) International Airport is ideally and strategically located that travel time is only 3 to 4 hours to fourteen (14) cities in Asia Pacific. It is a vital international gateway to the country’s economic prosperity.

It started operations in the mid 1960’s as the replacement of the Lahug Airport, which was situated within Cebu City and had no more room for expansion due to safety and physical constraints. It was then expanded and further developed to be truly deserving to its name – Mactan (Cebu ) International Airport.

Due to the steady increase of the traffic and passenger volume and the introduction of wider bodied aircrafts coupled with the emergence of modern aviation technology, some airport facilities have become obsolete and inadequate. This gave rise to the conception and materialization of the Mactan (Cebu) International Airport Development Project (MIADP), which provided the following:

Airfield Facilities

Terminal Facilities



Runway Extension
Taxiways Extension
Rapid Exit Taxiways
Apron Expansion


Passenger Terminal Building and Facilities
Road (Ingress and/or Egress)
Car park


Power Supply System
Water Supply System
Sewage Treatment Plant
External Lighting

Mactan-Cebu International Airport is a major trade center in the south for both domestic and international traffic. Its traffic is continually increasing and is now serving 850 commercial flights weekly transporting 13,049 passengers daily. Wide–bodied aircrafts such as A319, A320, A321, A300, A330 and B737 have been introduced
in international flights in Mactan and in the domestic trunk routes.



Mactan-Cebu International
Airport reported recently an average of 192 daily aircraft
operations (landings and take-offs). About 63% of the
flight operations at Mactan-Cebu International Airport are commercial
carriers while the remaining 37% are military aircrafts
and general aviation operations.

Over the last fifteen (18) years, Mactan-Cebu
International Airport’s passenger traffic has grown at an annual average
of 19% for International while the domestic grew at an
annual average of 6%. Mactan-Cebu International Airport
is currently served by Sixteen (16) commercial airlines and two (2) cargo

2009 has been a challenging year for the aircraft industry. Even though the global economic crisis has greatly affected the aviation industry, MCIAA was able to stay on track and achieved major breakthrough. The records of 2009 domestic aircraft movements showed a great increase of 37% compared to the previous year.

Mactan – Cebu International Airport Authority is very positive in its thrust towards becoming A Hub in the Asia Pacific even though international aircraft movements in 2009 showed a decrease of 8% compared to the previous year.

General Aviation can’t be taken for granted as it is important for wider transportation access in the country and in tourism activities. This year, a notable decrease of 9% in general aviation flights has been observed.

Mactan – Cebu International Airport continues to serve our Philippine AirForce and Military as their landing and take-off facility though military traffic decreased to 12% this year.

The volume of domestic passengers of MCIAA has always been increasing. The global financial crisis of 2009 did not affect much the flow of domestic passengers coming to and departing from Cebu. As expected, it increased to 28% compared to the previous year.

The year 2009 has been a rough year for international aviation industry. A decrease of 7% in international passengers has been observed.

A significant decrease in the volume of cargoes was observed in year 2008. And in year 2009, another decrease of 1% has been experienced for domestic and 16% for international.

Financial Performance

Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) is financially self-supporting. It operates on its own without equity infusion. It prides itself on operating financially as a successful business while serving the public interest. Its financial status shows capability of sustaining its operational/business requirements as its Net Income continue to increase in time.

As shown in the Authority’s Comparative
Financial Highlights for calendar years 1991 to 2008 MCIAA earned Total
Gross Operating Income of P34,355 million, P46,596 million, P63,019 million,
P100,035 million, P130,910 million, P194,365 million, P309,794 million,
P309,157 million, P400,489 million P465,173 million, P559,413 million,
P555,297 million, P583,346 million and P676,510 million, P737,480 and
P842,607 million, P987,033 million, 1,015,050 billion and 1,098,721 billion respectively, average growth rate
is 23% to wit:


Amount (000)

Percent (%)


P 34,355 to P 46,596
P 46,596 to P 63,019
P 63,019 to P 100,035
P 100,035 to P 130,910
P 130,910 to P 194,365
P 194,365 to P 309,794
P 309,794 to P 309,157
P 309,157 to P 400,489
P 400,489 to P 465,173
P 465,173 to P 559,413
P 559,413 to P 555,297
P 555,297 to P 583,346
P 583,346 to P 676,510
P 676,510 to P 737,480
P 737,480 to P 842,607
P 842,607 to P 987,033
P 987,033 to 1,015,050
P 1,015,050 to 1,098,721






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