By James A. Loyola
The Megawide Corporpation and GMR Infrastructure Ltd. of India consortium, which currently operates the Mactan airport, is still keen on bidding for the operation and maintenance of the Clark International Airport.
In an interview, GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation President Louie Ferrer said the group will “carefully study” the terms of reference the government will release for the potential bidders in the biggest transportation project up north.
“GMR Megawide intends to participate in the bid for Clark O&M. We will carefully study the terms and qualifications set by the BCDA,” said Ferrer.
GMR-Megawide is currently working to complete the construction of its first airport project in the Philippines – the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 after renovating and currently operating terminal 1.
Now 92 percent complete, Ferrer said terminal 2 is set to be opened in June this year.
GMR-Megawide was awarded a 25-year concession in 2013 to operate and maintain Mactan Cebu’s Terminal 1 and construct a second passenger terminal, with the company paying the government R14.4 billion. The amount is on top of the R17.5 billion that is being spent to put up Terminal 2.
Andrew Acquaah-Harrison, GMR-Megawide chief executive adviser, said the airport looks to service 11.2 million passengers this year, up from last year’s 9.7 million as the new terminal is unveiled and the company attract more flights into the hub.
Spanning 65,500 square meters (sqm), Terminal 2 will increase passenger capacity to 12.5 million.
A two-level forecourt segregates both the Arrivals and Departures area that is fully integrated with landside development. There will be 48 check-in counters that are expandable to 72.
It also has provisions for seven passenger boarding bridges, which can be expanded to 12 boarding bridges serving wide and narrow body aircrafts.