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
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- Air New Zealand
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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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First bananas, then people. China's lifting of a trade ban against bananas from the Philippines bodes well for aviation. Relations between China and the Philippines turned negative in 2012. The issue was primarily over China's claims to uninhabited islands – a debate that also caused China-Japan relations to turn sour. China banned Filipino banana imports and issued a travel warning against the Philippines. Travel warnings from China carry more weight than in other markets since state-owned/linked travel agencies essentially stop selling the impacted market. Diplomatic rows have resulted in drastic reductions in outbound passenger flows from China.
Japan has more than recovered but the Philippines' underexposure to China is well evident: the Philippines has received the least number of Chinese tourists in Asia. Laos and Cambodia, far smaller than the Philippines, each received more Chinese tourists than the Philippines.
New Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is pivoting Manila's allegiance away from the US – to China. His presidency is young and the calculation has its sceptics, but China appears to be warming. Following the lifting of its ban on banana trade, China is expected to use President Duterte's visit to Beijing to lift its travel warning against the Philippines. This will likely stimulate large air service growth between China and the Philippines. Yet for existing markets, there is some concern that the Philippines presents new competition.
Thai Airways and its regional subsidiary Thai Smile are accelerating expansion in Southeast Asia as part of a new strategy for the ASEAN market. Under the new strategy, Thai Smile is increasing focus on Southeast Asia while pursuing closer integration with its parent airline.
Thai Smile plans to launch several new international destinations within Southeast Asia by the end of 2016. The new Thai Smile routes will boost the Thai Airways Group’s ASEAN network from 12 to 18 international destinations, while increasing capacity to some existing destinations which will be served by both brands.
The new strategy is a positive step as Thai has fallen behind its competitors in developing a regional network. The expanded presence in ASEAN – and the long overdue closer integration between Thai Airways and Thai Smile – should also generate new feed for Thai’s long haul network.
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.