MCIA may get second runway
Following the approval of House Bill 149, the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is on its way to getting a second runway. Authored by Representative Raul Del Mar, the bill makes the plan for a second runway in one of the busiest airports in the country closer to reality . The bill is currently just waiting for Senate approval. The second runway will be equipped with runway lighting systems, navigational and landing equipment, and taxiways and rapid exit taxiways (RET). The current runway of the MCIA is expected to reach 202,000 airport movements capacity per year by 2024.
MCIA terminal fee incorporated into airfare seen
The international passenger service charge (IPSC) or terminal fee of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is expected to be integrated into the airfare soon . The planned integration is expected to make international travel convenient to passengers leaving through the MCIA. Steve Dicdican, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) general manager, said the integration will start on June 1. It is expected to be fully implemented after a three-month transition period. Currently, international travelers have to line up to pay for the PhP850 terminal fee at Terminal 2 of MCIA. Passengers buying tickets starting September 1 will see the terminal fee reflected on their airfare.
PH Resorts Group set to open casino resort in Mactan
PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc. is currently raising funds for an integrated casino resort in Mactan Island . The Dennis Uy-owned company aims to secure funding of around $600 million through a combination of equity and debt for The Emerald in Mactan. Thirty percent of the funding will come from equity while the remaining 70 percent will come through a loan. Raymundo Martin Escalona, PH Resorts Group president, said the company is looking at completing funding requirements within three months. The Emerald is expected to be completed by the end of next year.
Grab to offer tour packages
Tourists will now have another option in booking tours when they visit Cebu. Grab recently launched its Rent feature, which allows users to book a tourist car with a driver . Grab Cebu senior city manager Raymond Dejan said the new feature allows users to visit popular tourist destinations in Cebu. Four-seater sedans and ten-seater vans are available at different rates. Rates for the sedan range from PhP500 up to PhP6,000 while van rates are between PhP800 and PhP8,000. The tour is currently limited to areas within Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City.
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