Mactan Cebu International Airport
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Tropical Cebu International Airport on Mactan Island


For some reasons, I found Mactan International Airport quite comfortable and easy to access. Most probably because I don’t have to travel that far from Cebu City to reach it—only about 30 minutes by taxi from the capital, vice versa.

Secondly, probably because the airport is well-organized and quite easy to navigate inside and in terms of coming to the place.

A view of Mactan Cebu International Airport from my seat.

Anyway, the last time I used this airport I can vividly recall how my trip was messed up by one airline that was supposed to bring me straight from Incheon, instead I got stranded in HK because the seat I confirmed was not available anymore, and I was advised to either go to Manila or leave straight in the morning next day.

To pacify my disappointment (I tried to keep calm!) that airline booked me to a nice hotel and luxurious restaurant. I enjoyed the hotel and food but still feeling bad for having lost a lot of my precious time.

Anyhow, let me tell you something about this second busiest airport in the Philippines. For you to know a bit about its interesting facts and history, let us check out the airport’s general physical structure and a bit of its statistics…


Land area: 797 hectares (1,970 acres)
Date Built: 1956 by the US (formerly called Mactan Air Base)
Annual Passenger: 4.5 million (domestic and international wings)
Runway: 3,300 meters (10,800 feet) long
Traffic Service: 602 commercial flights a week; 14 passenger airlines
Two Wings: Domestic Terminal and International Terminal
Last 15 years: annual average of 21% for international passenger traffic; 5% for domestic

Mactan Cebu International Airport from the window

I already heard from my history teacher that this airport was once an airbase, especially after the Second World War and during Vietnam War period. To touch a bit about the airport’s real story, let’s check out some of its records up until its present development…


1956: built by the United States Air Force which was formerly known as Mactan Airbase.

Mid-1960s: Opened as a civilian airport to replace Lahug Airport which was quite limited in terms of safety and area.

21st Century Development
Two more jetways have been constructed and the current terminal building expanded. Another cargo terminal has been proposed to be constructed to accommodate more goods.

2008: Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) publicized that 300 million pesos will be disbursed for terminal expansion development projects. This expansion also includes a second passenger terminal at this same airport.

2009: Former general manager (Francia) announced that there will be a public bidding for a planned construction of new terminal for international flights in order to accommodate more 5-star airlines. At present, only two of them (Cathay Pacific and Asiana Airlines)

2010: Terminal expansion and administration building construction have been prioritized.

2011: A feasibility study for a new Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal has been completed. This study was financed by KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency).

2013: Public bidding for the construction of a new generation international airport has been extended. In addition, a proposal to establish an express bus line (Bus Rapid Transit) to transport passengers to and from different areas in Cebu has been seriously considered.

Expansion Plans
Cargo Terminal, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) facility, aircraft assembly plant, parallel runway, airport rail network, airport road network, multi-modal transport system (source:

Inside Mactan-Cebu International Airport travelers can get every small things they need.


Snack Bars, Gift Shops, Restaurants, Beauty Shops, Currency Changers
Flight Information Display System – arrival and departure details
Public Address System – for intercommunication link to all airlines, concessionaires, agencies and other offices
Fire Detection and Alarm System
Electric Clock System and Telephone System
Passenger-boarding bridges, lift, escalator, and baggage handling system
Most Important Person (MIP) – accommodation facility
Trauma Van (emergency response vehicle)

Now, are you interested to know what’s in Mactan Island? Is there anything good or worth doing, seeing, trying or anything at all?

Yup, first of all, you can find all sorts of accommodations and beach resorts with various facilities and offers on that island. Okay, let’s find out the available…


There are lots of rooms with various ranges of rates you can easily find—from budget to high-end luxurious accommodations. Above all, you can easily rent a room nearby the beach, on the beach, or away but with great views of the beach, sea and surrounding islands. You should know that this island is one of the famous islands in the province with lots of white sand beaches.

If you need a place to stay in, let me introduce you to various possibilities and choices you can imagine or have never imagined. The page for these accommodations will open at this same site, so don’t worry…

Mactan Island Hotels & Beach Resorts

Yes, if you click the link you’ll find various choices places to stay for a day or long vacation. And, if you are thinking of holding any social, familial or business event, you can easily find lots of them waiting for your action. You can, let’s say, have your wedding and honeymoon by the beach.

Of course, you can find great hotels and other places to stay in Cebu City, which is only about 30 minutes from Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island. In Metro City, you can readily avail hotels right at the heart of the city or somewhere closer to the mountains overlooking the city.

The following linked page introduces you to both Cebu City’s and Mactan Island’s luxurious and upscale hotels: Cebu-Mactan 5-Star Hotels

Certainly, there are various budget and cheaper accommodations you can find everywhere on this province. Please, just click to open any pages for these budget accommodations. They also offer satisfactory facilities and services…

Cebu Pension Houses
Lodging Houses and B&Bs

That’s right! Just pick from any of the linked pages above for your choice of accommodation--either on Mactan Cebu International Airport or in Cebu City.

Relaxing space at Crimson Hotel & Beach Resort on Mactan Island, Cebu


From the airport, you can easily take transports that would transport you to any destination in the province—to the islands, to the beaches, historic sites, and adventure places, among many.

But, first, you need to take a taxi or Jeepney to bring you to Cebu North Bus Terminal, Cebu South Bus Terminal, and other major points where you can take V-Hires (van-for-hire), such as in SM City Mall or Ayala Center.

A taxi can literally take you anywhere you want to go in the province, except to the islands. But of course, if you already booked a hotel or resort they probably have a pick-up service for you.

You can get a Jeepney outside the airport facility, but you need to walk a little bit to find their designated area. If you are going to Cebu City or Mandaue City, you might have to transfer from one Jeepney to another, which is not a big issue if you have no heavy luggage with you.

Since this site specializes on Cebu’s beaches and tourist attractions, let me provide your our hundreds of beaches available at this site. Here are your beaches and resorts pages…

And all the available beach resorts and attractions pages can be found at Cebu White Beaches & Resorts.


Okay, from Mactan Cebu International Airport you can get flights to various domestic destinations in the country. So far, here are the domestic destinations available in the Philippines (Wikipedia).

AirAsia Zest – Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Manila, Puerto Princesa

Cebu Pacific -- Bacolod, Busan, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Kalibo, Kuala Lumpur, Legazpi, Manila, Masbate, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Puerto Princesa, Seoul-Incheon, Siargao, Singapore, Surigao, Tacloban, Zamboanga

PAL by PAL Express: Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Davao, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Ozamis, Puerto Princesa, Tacloban, Zamboanga

Skyjet – Charter: Caterman, Caticlan, Siargao, Surigao, Tablas, Tagbilaran, Tuguegarao
Philippines AirAsia – Manila
Philippine Airlines – Manila
Tigerair Philippines – Manila

Please, make sure to update your reservations and flight schedules. You can find out more about domestics airlines and international airlines in this site. For further details about logistics, please use the information below.

Cebu Beaches,


Address: Airport Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines 6016
Phone: +6332 340 2486+6332 340 2486 loc. 1031

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Have a great day and enjoy your travel.

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