Congressman Samsam Gullas wants to Investigate MCIA expansion delay

8 Feb
The departure hall of Mactan Cebu Internationa...

The departure hall of Mactan Cebu International Airport on Mactan Island. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

House Assistant Majority Leader and Cebu Rep. Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. wants the congress to investigate the delay of the construction of the new passenger terminal of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.  Winning contractor GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. has moved back the scheduled groundbreaking of the project for at least 10 months due to the delay in the transfer of Philippine Airforce structures which are located at the middle of the proposed new terminal.

Under the agreement with the Department of Transportation and Communications, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. is required to build a new passenger terminal that can handle handle 8 million passengers a year.   This new terminal will be used exclusively for international passengers. The old terminal will also be expanded by GMR-Megawide and upon completion it will be capable of handling 4.5 million domestic passengers annually.

Congressman Gullas is worried that the bidder cannot finish the project on February 2018 if the construction will only start next year.   Gullas also noted that the delay can cause passenger congestion in the 2nd busiest airport in the country.  The existing MCIA terminal is designed to handle 4.5 million passengers every year but it is currently handling 7.2 million passengers yearly.  The expanded airport is expected boost trade and tourism in the region and it would very important that the project will be completed on schedule.



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