Mactan airport’s parallel runway ‘to open in third quarter of 2023’

THE parallel runway being constructed at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport is expected to be operational by the third quarter of 2023.

This was what Julius Neri Jr., general manager of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), said on Friday, November 25, 2022.

Neri said the parallel runway will increase the airport’s target capacity by 25 percent in terms of plane movement per hour.

He said the parallel runway, which will be the first in the Philippines, will also serve as an emergency runway.

“With two runways, if something happens to one, we can use the other,” he said, adding that this is a very big step in trying to ensure that the airport will be able to continue operations in case something happens.

He pointed out that the Korean Air plane that overshot the runway last October temporarily disrupted operations.

The general manager, however, emphasized that this is just one measure to address a similar incident.

He said other measures include having equipment to deal with the aircraft and removing it as quickly as possible.

Neri said the Korean Air plane came to a stop far enough from the edge of the 3.3-kilometer runway, but they were able to move the threshold and used only 2.7 kilometers of the runway.

“No situation is the same but all we can do is to be prepared for eventuality. And if something does happen, we’ll do our best,” he said.

Neri said the civil works of the parallel runway is expected to be completed by the end of January 31.

He said they plan to use one of the runways for takeoff and the other for landing. The runways cannot operate simultaneously since they are too near to each other, he said.

He added that they still need to consult the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

When the Korean Air plane overshot on October 23, the airport’s operations were halted for a day before it partially resumed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 25. Full operations resumed on October 27. (MKG)