Cebu airport launches new transfer service to cut layover time

By John Rey Saavedra

June 19, 2024, 9:06 pm

<p>The Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport. <em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

The Terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport. (PNA file photo)

CEBU CITY – The Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on Wednesday launched its newest transfer system service “Cebu Connect” that would cut layover time.

Cebu Connect is designed to facilitate efficient and seamless airport transfers within MCIA, giving passengers a more convenient travel experience.

The system is expected to boost tourism in the country by positioning Cebu as an ideal entry point for both domestic and international tourists.

Athanasios Titonis, chief executive officer of Aboitiz InfraCapital GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation (AGMCAC), said the new transfer system aims to cut layover time from an hour to 30 minutes or less.

“This is part of MCIA’s commitment to meeting global standards in airport operations,” Titonis said in a statement.

Cosette Canilao, president and chief executive officer of Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc., said that “providing efficient and effortless travel through Cebu Connect is our way of enhancing tourism in Cebu and positioning MCIA among the world's best airports.”

The airport operator collaborated with government counterparts, including the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, Bureau of Customs, and Bureau of Immigration, to identify the necessary resources and systems to realize this vision.

The new system includes updating X-ray scanners, multiple counters, and a team of well-trained security and airport staff, thus passengers can expect safe and expedited transfers between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

Cebu is a strategic location in the heart of the country offering easy access to many destinations in central and southern parts such as Siargao, Camiguin, Bohol, Boracay, and Palawan, all just a short flight away. (PNA)