Mactan-Cebu International Airport

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Mactan-Cebu International Airport
Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan-Cebu
Tugpahanang International sa Mactan-Sugbo

Mactan Cebu International Airport.jpg
Exterior of Mactan-Cebu International Airport

IATA: CEB – ICAO: RPVM
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
Serves Cebu City
Location Lapu-Lapu City
Elevation AMSL 23 m / 75 ft
Coordinates 10.31333, 123.98278
Website www.mactan-cebuairport.com.ph
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04L/22R 3,300 10,827 Concrete/Asphalt
Statistics (2005)
Passengers 1,879,091
Aircraft movements 18,138
Metric tonnes of cargo 34,046
Statistics from the Air Transportation Office.<ref name="apc"">PASSENGER MOVEMENT CY 2001-2005, Air Transportation Office, retrieved July 8, 2007</ref>


Mactan-Cebu International Airport (Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan-Cebu, Cebuano: Tugpahanang International sa Mactan-Sugbo) (IATA: CEB, ICAO: RPVM) is a major airport in the Visayas region of the Philippines. It is located in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Metro Cebu and is the second busiest airport in the country.

The airport has a large apron, a single 3,300 meter runway, and a taxiway. Its terminal building which incorporates both the domestic and international wings has four aero-bridges (jetways). Shops can be found at the pre-departure area and departure hall including two outlets of Duty Free Philippines.

The area of airport property is 10.56 km².

2,789,699 passengers used the airport in 2005. [1]

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History

This is the former site when Ferdinand Magellan arrived and where Rajah Humabon of Cebu and his wife were baptized and renamed them Carlos and Juana.

The airport opened in the mid-1960s. It was built to replace Lahug Airport, which could not be expanded due to safety and physical problems. The airport was then expanded in its later years to become the current Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The airport is currently the second busiest in the country after Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport (commonly known/called simply as NAIA) and serves as the country's primary alternative gateway.

On December 11, 1994, Philippine Airlines Flight 434 was flying on its second leg of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport - Mactan-Cebu International Airport - New Tokyo International Airport (now Narita International Airport) route when a bomb on board exploded, killing a passenger. The airliner was able to make an emergency landing. Authorities later found out that Ramzi Yousef planted the bomb on the airliner to test the bomb for his Project Bojinka plot. His project was discovered in Manila after an apartment fire on the night of January 5 and the morning of January 6, 1995.

Ramzi Yousef was on board Flight 434 from Manila when he planted the bomb beneath a vacant seat. He used a fake identity thus he was able to pass through security in Manila. Yousef set the time for the bomb to blow off when the airline is already in its Cebu-Tokyo leg. Yousef got off the plane during the stopover in Cebu from Manila.

Airlines

The following airlines serve the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (as of May 2007):

Domestic Wing

International Wing

Former airlines

References

  1. ^ PASSENGER MOVEMENT CY 2001-2005 Air Transportation Office, retrieved July 8, 2007


External links

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