Airlines, GMCAC vow to keep public posted on flight changes

THE private operator of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) assured travelers that they will provide up-to-date flight information once the partial closure of the runway takes effect this September.

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) chief executive advisor Andrew Harrison, in a statement, said that GMCAC will update its website and provide advisories in support of the airlines’ communication plans.

The Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), their technical team, and contractors are handling the runway rehabilitation. The runway will be closed for eight hours a day for two weeks in September.

“These runway repairs are essential works and are precautionary in nature, and are designed to ensure that the best possible level of safety is afforded to airlines, passengers, and other airport stakeholders,” said Harrison.

GMCAC also said it will be the MCIAA that will consult with affected airlines to consider the impact of any proposed closure. Airlines will then amend their flight schedules and notify passengers accordingly.

Although GMCAC took over the management of the terminal last November 2014 and built the second terminal, the aviation side of the airport operations remains with MCIAA.

Cebu Pacific Air, in a statement, said they are reviewing their network in relation to the scheduled eight-hour closure of the Cebu runway.

“We will provide updates as soon as we can,” said CEB corporate communications manager Charo Lagamon. CEB operates 385 flights weekly in and out of Cebu.

“We have yet to determine which flights will be affected and will be posting updates in our social media page and we shall give updates as soon as we get airport regulatory notice,” said Jenny Tan of AirAsia.

MCIAA Assistant General Manager Glenn Napuli said that airlines were already informed of the planned temporary closure.

The runway will be closed from midnight to 8 a.m., affecting mostly international flights.

MCIA logs 764 flights for domestic routes weekly and 227 international flights weekly. (KOC)

Source: Local News

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