February 16, 2023
Cebu, Philippines – Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) recently added another feather to its cap as it recently bagged Routes Asia 2023 Marketing Award for Under 5 Million Passenger Category in Chiang Mai, Thailand held February 15, 2023.
The Routes Asia 2023 Marketing Award recognizes the remarkable efforts of airports, airlines, and destinations during their 2022 streak as they carry out their recovery strategies for 2023. In this category, MCIA bested more than 200 airports in Asia Pacific in Under 5 Million Passenger Category.
“This recognition attests to our strong commitment to resume our pre-pandemic connectivity while we carry out our strategies in both airline and destination marketing. We also recognize the substantial contribution of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA), our airline partners and other airport stakeholders that help sustain the demand and traffic for air connectivity in Cebu,” said Rafael Aboitiz, GMR MEGAWIDE Cebu Airport Corporation (GMCAC) Director.
The addition of new airline partners and new destinations in 2022 significantly boosted the pre-pandemic traffic in Cebu, with domestic topping more than 80% of its pre-pandemic levels while international traffic also now kicking in at 36% as more countries ease restrictions.
“This is the perfect example of a successful public-private partnership between the MCIAA and GMCAC complemented by the strong leadership and direction of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, along with the exemplary work of our Department of Tourism headed by Sec. Christina Garcia Frasco, and great support from the Department of Transportation headed by Sec. Jaime J. Bautista. Congratulations Cebu! Proud of our airport! This is just the beginning. Let us keep it up!” said MCIAA General Manager and CEO, Julius G. Neri, Jr.
Starlux recently joined the MCIA fleet in January 2023, stacking 10 international destinations and 26 domestic destinations, with 14 foreign and 4 Philippine-based airline partners.