AirAsia to use MCIA terminal 2 for international flights
AirAsia is set to transfer a number of international flights to the newly-inaugurated Terminal 2 of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport on July 1. Captain Dexter Comendador, CEO of the airline, said the relocation of several flights to the new terminal provides the airline great capacity for long-term growth and expansion in Cebu as its hub. Among the international flights that will use Terminal 2 are flights from Cebu to Kuala Lumpur, Hangzhou, Singapore, Incheon, Shenzhen, and Taipei. The Cebu to Shanghai service of AirAsia, which is set to start on July 7, will also use the new terminal .
Tourism stakeholders asked to save Mactan Island
Cebu tourism stakeholders met at the Waterfront Mactan Hotel and Casino
recently to discuss the findings of government agencies on overcrowding and E. coli contamination of the coastal areas of Mactan Island. Businessmen joined government representatives to find ways to avoid having the same fate as Boracay Island, which was temporarily closed for rehabilitation. Among the concerns tackled were easement violations by resorts and developers. The group also discussed the use of water treatment facilities and discharge of clean water into the coastal areas. Tourism stakeholders were asked to organize a group to monitor the self-rehabilitation of the island and ensure the proper implementation of environmental laws .
Marina to run after unregistered motorized bancas
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) is set to step up its efforts in running after unregistered motorized bancas
(small boats) in Central Visayas. The government agency received reports that many of these unregistered watercrafts are operating from different towns of Cebu and Barangay Pasil in Cebu City. They ferry passengers to and from Camotes Island
, Bantayan Island
, Leyte, and Bohol. Marina 7 Director Venancio Vero Jr. said a permit is required before a motorized banca
is built. It should also be built by a licensed boat maker. If no permit is secured, fines will be imposed on the owner of the boat and the boat maker .