Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) bagged the Asia Pacific Medium Airport of the Year award by the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) Awards for Excellence ceremonies held in Berlin in late November.
Mactan Cebu Airport was cited as a “medium sized airport that has been the biggest standout strategically, has established itself as a leader and done the most to advance the progress of the aviation industry.” The Philippine airport, dubbed as the “World’s Friendliest Resort Airport,” was awarded by CAPA for the over 10 million passengers per annum category.
The international recognition for MCIA was achieved just a few months after it opened in July 2018 its Terminal 2 as the first resort airport terminal in the Philippines. In 2017 Mactan Cebu Airport was ranked among the 25 Asia’s Best Airports.
The Department of Transportation has categorized the Mactan Cebu Airport as the second largest and busiest airport in the Philippines with 25 international destinations, 30 domestic destinations, with 26 partner airline carriers, connecting Cebu to the world.
The award placed MCIA in league with award-winning airports in Korea and Malaysia. Korea’s Incheon International Airport and Malaysia’s Senai International Airports were named by CAPA as Asia Pacific Large Airport of the Year and Asia Pacific Small Airport of the Year, respectively.
CAPA, an Australian firm which sources market intelligence, provides research and analysis for the aviation and travel industry in different parts of the world particularly in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. CAPA started giving awards and recognition in 2003 “to reward airlines and airports that are not only successful but have also provided industry leadership in adjusting to a new environment.”
In its Facebook post acknowledging the award, Mactan Cebu International Airport thanked the passengers, team members, stakeholders, and industry partners in helping them to achieve its success and international recognition.
Mactan Cebu International Airport has already accommodated 8.6 million passengers for the first 9 months of 2018.