Consortium vows Mactan-Cebu will be world' s i9000 first resort-airport

CEBU CITY, Cebu — Despite controversies hounding its contract with the government, the consortium associated with Megawide Construction Corp. and India’s GMR Airports vowed to modernize the Mactan-Cebu International Airport by turning it into the world’s first resort-airport.

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

Last Thursday, GMR-Megawide presented to the media the most recent design of the resort-airport which offers of 20 aircraft parking appears with aerobridges and 13 aircraft parking stands to be served by bus transfers thus minimizing delays in embarkation, and a dedicated household and international terminals connected with a link bridge for the convenience of passengers making connecting flights.

GMR-Megawide’s most recent design of its proposed Mactan-Cebu resort-airport which boasts of 20 aircraft parking stands with aerobridges and 13 aircraft parking.

The resort-airport may have 149 check-in counters for international and domestic flights, from 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 have a village-mall complex adjoining the terminal with retail and entertainment options.

According to the consortium, the airport terminals “will reflect the rich Cebuano heritage in a state of the art style with a soothing resort-like atmosphere considered by international and Cebuano developers. ”

Following a being qualified technical review and transparent putting in a bid, the GMR-Megawide consortium emerged as the highest bidder last December 2013, having bid P14. 4 billion dollars, P400 million more than the second top bidder, the Filinvest-Changi Consortium.

The P14. 4 billion dollars represents the amount the GMR-Megawide consortium is willing to pay government for that 25-year rights. It is investing an additional P17. 5 billion to modernize the existing terminal and build a new one. Altogether, the total financial dedication is about P31. 9 billion.

However the Filinvest-Changi Group wondered the financial capacity of the consortium and accused the group of turmoil of interest due to partnerships with Malaysian airports.

Harrisson remains optimistic they will be awarded the contract.

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

The Department of Transportation and Conversation earlier said it will award the Mactan-Cebu airport project by next week.


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CEBU CITY, Cebu – Despite controversies hounding the contract with the government, the consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and India’s GMR Airports vowed to modernize the Mactan-Cebu International Airport by turning it into the world’s first resort-airport.

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

Last Thursday, GMR-Megawide presented to the press the latest design of the resort-airport which 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 devoted domestic and international terminals linked by a link bridge for the convenience of passengers making connecting flights.

GMR-Megawide’s latest design of its proposed Mactan-Cebu resort-airport which boasts of 20 aircraft parking stands with aerobridges and 13 aircraft parking.

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

The airport will also have a village-mall complex adjoining the fatal with retail and entertainment options.

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

Following a qualifying technical review and clear bidding, the GMR-Megawide consortium surfaced 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 the GMR-Megawide consortium is willing to pay govt for the 25-year rights. It is investing another P17. 5 billion to modernize the existing terminal and build a new one. Altogether, the total economic commitment is about P31. 9 billion dollars.

However the Filinvest-Changi Group questioned the financial capacity of the consortium and accused the group associated with conflict of interest due to partnerships with Malaysian airports.

Harrisson remains optimistic they will be awarded the contract.

“We rely on the transparency of the Philippine govt. On our end, we have done almost 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 the flagship PPP (public-private partnership) task, ” Harrisson said.

The Department of Transportation and Communication earlier said it will prize the Mactan-Cebu airport project by next week.

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