Mactan-Cebu International Airport
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Airport Road, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
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- 3300m x 45m
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- Air Busan
Island Transvoyager, Inc.
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- Air New Zealand
All Nippon Airways
Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the Philippines' second major gateway. It is managed by the GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) and is a joint civilian-military facility. Approximately fifteen airlines provide domestic and international services.
Location of Mactan-Cebu International Airport, Philippines
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Unusually, the increasingly popular island resort of Boracay in the Philippines is served by two airports, Caticlan Godofredo P Ramos Airport and Kalibo Airport - neither of which is situated on the island itself. One remains wholly in the public sector and has a range of international flights, but is constrained at times. The other is domestic only for now; it has a private sector interest from two leading Philippine companies, and investment there is on a larger scale than at the other one.
Convenience is clearly a factor in gaining access to a tourist ‘island paradise’ but so is the ability to handle international and jet services. In this manner the two airports compete with each other. But there are developments in hand that may give one of them an advantage over the other.
Economic growth in the Philippines has accelerated, averaging 6.0% per year from 2011-2015, and competitiveness rankings have improved.
This report examines both airports by way of several sets of metrics, looks at the (local) airports that can be compared with them, and at their construction activities and ownership – the latter within the context of the Philippine government’s search for foreign private sector partners to help develop its airports.
Cebu Airport has emerged as a battleground for the two main airline groups in the Philippines. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL) are both pursuing ambitious domestic expansion at Cebu, pressuring yields on point-to-point routes that bypass congested Manila.
Cebu Pacific is adding capacity on seven domestic routes from its hub at Mactan-Cebu International Airport. PAL is adding capacity on six domestic routes from Cebu, including three routes that are also experiencing increases from Cebu Pacific.
New international services, including four that were launched at Cebu over the last three weeks, will help support the domestic expansion as they provide a new source of feed. However the domestic expansion will likely lead to overcapacity on several routes, impacting profitability in a highly price-sensitive domestic market that has already experienced a large surge in capacity over the last year.
Qatar Airways is planning further expansion in Southeast Asia in 2016, driven by the resumption of flights to Cebu and a new nonstop service to Hanoi. Qatar had dropped Cebu in 2012, while Hanoi has been served via Bangkok since it was launched in 2010.
Qatar already has more Southeast Asian destinations than any Gulf airline: 12. It currently has 147 weekly passenger flights to Southeast Asia, having added 25 frequencies in 2015.
In addition to Cebu, Qatar is planning to add at least one more undisclosed destination to its Southeast Asian network in 2016. It has been seeking approval to serve Surabaya, which would be Qatar’s third Indonesian destination, and has also been evaluating Chiang Mai, which would be its third destination in Thailand.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is planning significant expansion of its long haul operation as it takes delivery of new widebody aircraft, including A350-900s. PAL’s long haul fleet is slated to expand from only 12 aircraft currently to 14 by the end of 2016, and to at least 17 aircraft by mid-2019.
After several months of negotiations PAL has finally committed to acquiring at least six A350s, three of which are tentatively earmarked as growth aircraft. The new high gross weight A350-900s will enable PAL to operate nonstop flights to the east coast of North America, as well as to add capacity to the west coast of North America and to Europe.
The Philippine flag airline currently has six long haul destinations, only four of which are served nonstop from Manila. PAL plans to add new long haul destinations, upgrade one-stop routes to nonstop, and launch new long haul routes from its secondary hub at Cebu as it expands its long haul fleet.
The Philippines-UAE market could again see capacity strains in 2016 as Emirates resumes Clark and launches Cebu. Emirates is also adding four weekly flights to Manila, resulting in 79% capacity expansion for the Dubai-based carrier in the Philippine market.
Meanwhile rival Etihad is adding three times weekly Manila flights. There will be 54 weekly flights in the Philippines-UAE market from May-2016 compared to 40 currently and 28 at the end of 2013. The surge in capacity is made possible by a new air services agreement which Philippine airlines unsuccessfully tried to block, fearing it could make their UAE services unviable.
Philippine Airlines is responding to the challenging conditions in the Philippines-UAE market by adding tags to all its Abu Dhabi and Dubai services, hoping new fifth freedom sectors improve the profitability of its UAE operation. Cebu Pacific is opting against using newly awarded rights for additional flights to the UAE until market conditions improve.
Cebu in the Philippines has emerged as one of the fastest-growing airports in Southeast Asia, with passenger growth of 13% through the first 10 months of 2015. Mactan-Cebu International Airport has been boosted by the relaunch of several domestic routes by the Philippine Airlines (PAL) Group, as well as international expansion from PAL, Cebu Pacific and foreign carriers.
The second largest airport in the Philippines is poised for more rapid growth in 2016 as PAL continues to pursue expansion at its second hub, with more new domestic routes and the launch of services to Los Angeles, Cebu’s first long haul route. The Cebu Pacific Group also plans to expand its Cebu base in 2016, with at least two more turboprops.
Mactan-Cebu is well positioned for long-term growth as the airport’s new private owners have begun construction of a new terminal, which will increase annual capacity to 12.5 million annual passengers. The new terminal will enable Cebu to build as a hub for transit traffic, and to benefit further from infrastructure constraints at Manila, which are prompting Philippine carriers to base additional aircraft at secondary cities.