Consortium proposes world’s first resort-airport within Mactan

Cebu City, Cebu – The particular consortium composed of India’s GMR International airports and Megawide Construction Corp. that is bidding for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport improve and expansion project said recently it is determined to transform the facility into the world’s first resort-airport.

“We will honor responsibility to collaborate with the Cebu neighborhood to deliver an airport that all Filipinos will be proud of and Cebuanos is going to be even prouder to call their own, ” said Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, GMR deputy chief executive officer.

MODERNIZING MACTAN-CEBU’S AIRPORT – GMR-Megawide, the consortium which usually submitted the highest bid for modernizing the Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal is proposing to transform the facility into the world’s first resort-airport as soon as it is finally awarded the contract. (GMR-Megawide Photo)

Last Thursday, GMR-Megawide provided to the media the latest design of the resort-airport which boasts of 20 aircraft parking stands with aerobridges and 13 aircraft parking stands to be served by bus transfers thus minimizing delays in embarkation, and a dedicated domestic and worldwide terminals connected by a link link for the convenience of passengers on linking flights.

The resort-airport will have 149 check-in counters intended for international and domestic flights, in the current 44. It will also have “unique” retail and food shops, airline lounges and an enhanced in-line automated baggage handling system.

The airport will also possess a village-mall complex adjoining the terminal with retail and entertainment choices.

According to the consortium, the airport terminals “will reflect the rich Cebuano heritage in a state of the art design with a soothing resort-like environment conceptualized by international and Cebuano designers. ”

Carrying out a qualifying technical review and transparent bidding, the GMR-Megawide consortium emerged as the highest bidder last December 2013, having bid P14. 4 billion, P400 million more than the 2nd highest bidder, the Filinvest-Changi Consortium.

The P14. 4 billion represents the amount that the GMR-Megawide consortium is willing to pay govt for the 25-year right to run the facility. Another P17. 5 billion will be invested by the consortium in order to modernize the existing terminal and develop a new one. Altogether, the total monetary commitment is about P31. 9 billion.

The Filinvest-Changi Team, meanwhile, is questioning the monetary capacity of the consortium and has arrested the group of conflict of interest because of its partnerships with Malaysian airports.

Harrison has shrugged his rivals’ charges aside, expressing optimism that the contract will be finally become awarded to his consortium.

“We believe in the transparency of the Philippine government. On our end, we have done everything we could in order to answer allegations hurled against all of us and we have submitted all documents to show that we are transparent. We are able to assure that this will be a flagship PPP (public-private partnership) project, ” Harrisson said.


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Cebu City, Cebu – The consortium composed of India’s GMR Airports and Megawide Construction Corp. which is bidding for your Mactan-Cebu International Airport upgrade and expansion project said yesterday it is determined to transform the facility into the world’s first resort-airport.

“We will honor our commitment to collaborate with the Cebu community to deliver a good airport that all Filipinos will be proud of and Cebuanos will be even prouder to call their own, ” mentioned Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, GMR deputy chief executive officer.

MODERNIZING MACTAN-CEBU’S AIRPORT – GMR-Megawide, the consortium which submitted the greatest bid for modernizing the Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal is proposing in order to transform the facility into the world’s first resort-airport once it is lastly awarded the contract. (GMR-Megawide Photo)

Final Thursday, GMR-Megawide presented to the mass media the latest design of the resort-airport which usually boasts of 20 aircraft car parking stands with aerobridges and 13 aircraft parking stands to be offered by bus transfers thus minimizing delays in embarkation, and a dedicated domestic and international terminals connected by a link bridge for the convenience of passengers on connecting flights.

The resort-airport will have 149 check-in counters for international plus domestic flights, from the current 44. It will also have “unique” retail plus food shops, airline lounges plus an enhanced in-line automated baggage handling system.

The particular airport will also have a village-mall complicated adjoining the terminal with retail and entertainment options.

According to the consortium, the airport ports “will reflect the rich Cebuano heritage in a state of the art design using a soothing resort-like atmosphere conceptualized by international and Cebuano designers. ”

Following a qualifying technical review and transparent bidding, the GMR-Megawide consortium emerged as the maximum bidder last December 2013, having bid P14. 4 billion, P400 million more than the second highest bidder, the Filinvest-Changi Consortium.

The P14. 4 billion symbolizes the amount that the GMR-Megawide consortium is willing to pay government for the 25-year right to run the facility. Another P17. 5 billion will be invested by the consortium to modernize the present terminal and build a new one. Altogether, the total financial commitment is about P31. 9 billion.

The Filinvest-Changi Group, meanwhile, is questioning the financial capacity from the consortium and has accused the group of conflict of interest due to its partnerships along with Malaysian airports.

Harrison has shrugged his rivals’ costs aside, expressing optimism that the contract will be finally be awarded in order to his consortium.

“We believe in the transparency of the Philippine government. On our end, we have done everything we could to answer allegations hurled against us and we have submitted all documents to show that we are transparent. We can assure that this will be a flagship PPP (public-private partnership) project, ” Harrisson said.

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