MCIA aims to become Asia’s most passenger-friendly airport

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THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) is pushing toward its goal of being the most passenger-friendly airport in Asia.

This was what MCIAA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Julius Neri Jr. said in his welcome address during their 32nd anniversary celebration at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino along Salinas Drive in Barangay Lahug on Monday, August 1, 2022.

“As we celebrate our 32nd anniversary, we would like to send a message to everyone that being the best in the Philippines is not enough. We will not rest on our laurels but instead, we will push forward towards our goal to have the most passenger friendly airport in Asia,” said Neri, as he asked for the cooperation of all the stakeholders.

He admitted that such an event was the first in recent years, adding that they want to announce to the world that they are open for business and promote Cebu as the number one tourist destination in the country.

“That is why we are here today to celebrate what we have achieved with our effort, which I'm proud to say, in my humble opinion, is the best airport in the Philippines,” said Neri, as he noted that MCIA is world-class having won several international awards.

Neri also mentioned how challenging it was for the MCIAA in the last two years amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic as they rely on travel, which was one of the many things that have been shut down due to restrictions that were imposed.

Rather than shrink and grovel, Neri said the MCIA is something that everybody from Cebu is very proud of since they decided to step up and find ways to improve and get ready for the reopening of the economy, flights, and tourism industry.

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Frasco supported such an endeavor, saying “Cebu, indeed, has the best airport in the Philippines and one of the best in Asia.”

Frasco noted how MCIAA showed that the period could be turned into an opportunity to develop and improve.

“Now the MCIAA shines brighter that it has ever been, positioned to welcome all travelers and clients from all over the world,” said Frasco, adding that they expect to see more arrivals, as they aim to have multiple options when it comes to point of entry as the tourism industry heads toward recovery.

She noted that the administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will prioritize the full-speed improvement of the country's infrastructure and transportation system, including the modernization of airports and seaports to maximize its position in Asia and the Pacific.

Frasco stressed that the DOT intends to support the goal of the President for the development of significant tourism infrastructure and the enhancement of gateway access to tourist sites.

The 32nd anniversary celebration also served as the MCIAA's way to unveil its new logo and to present its new music video.

The MCIAA also presented special plaques of recognition to Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Office of the Presidential Assistant for Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, and Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan as they acknowledged their contributions to the progress and development of MCIAA. (MKG)

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