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Mactan Cebu International Airport Guide: What You Need to Know

The Mactan Cebu International Airport is the major airport in Cebu. It has only one functioning terminal with another terminal currently under construction. In the vernacular, it is referred to as “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Mactan-Cebu.”

The airport was built between 1960 – 1970 and spans a total of eleven square miles. It is run by the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority and places second in the national statistics of aircraft movements. Each year the airport handles three to four million passengers.


Mactan Cebu International Airport isn’t situated within the metropolitan area. It is located on Mactan Island. The complete address is Lapu-Lapu Airport Road, Lapu-Lapu City.

How To Get There

From Cebu City Central, go to SM City Cebu and go to the SM MyBUS station. This regularly connects the Mactan Cebu International Airport and the mall. There is a regular schedule from 6AM to 9PM. The ride costs is only PHP 25.

Those who regularly travel can purchase an SM MyBUS card at PHP 200 that comes with a pre-loaded PHP 100. Some new cards come with one free ride, plus every ride gives you points that you can avail in SM Malls.

There are other means of getting there via jeep, taxi, or ride-sharing app. However, the bus station is by far the most convenient and budget friendly option.

List of Airlines Operating in the Airport

  • Philippine Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Qatar Airways
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Silk Air
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Cebu Pacific
  • Emirates
  • Eva Air
  • Xiamen Air


Mactan Cebu International Airport facade
(Photo via Instagram, @mactancebuairport )

Here are some of the things you have to keep in mind if you’re flying out from Cebu.

Terminal Fees

You don’t need to pay the terminal fee if you are headed to Manila. This is because most flights to Manila are included in your booking. If you are headed for Clark Airport or international airports outside the country, then you will have to pay a terminal fee. The rates are PHP 200 and PHP 750, respectively.

Terminal Bay

There are six bays in the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

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There are ATMs and stores before entering the departure hall. Similarly, there are many of these services available inside as well. Particularly, foreign exchange stalls.


There is only a general lounge area for those departing Mactan Cebu International Airport, but there are many food kiosks and cafe stalls to buy from. They also have very clean restrooms available.

Departure Hall

International Pre-Departure MCIA
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Here are the steps to a hassle-free check-in.

Step 1. Make sure to have your ticket print out and a valid ID.

Step 2. First Security Check

After you go through the barricade you have to submit to an initial security check. All your baggage and carry-on luggage go through an x-ray machine. Put everything that is metal away before you go through the metal detector.

Step 3. Check-In Counter

Make your way to the counter and line up to be checked in so you can get your boarding pass, which will contain important details like your boarding gate number and seat number.

Alternatively, you can just check-in yourself, as most airlines allow this on the website or in self-check-in kiosks.

Step 4. Second Security Check

Your check-in luggage is already on its way to the plane and now you have to go through a second security check. Do the same procedure as the first security check. Make sure you don’t bring any liquid/water from outside as they will be confiscated.

Step 5. Waiting Lounges/Gates

The waiting lounge and gates have a lot of seating and places to charge your gadgets. Always make sure to check the screens around the lounge area so you don’t miss your flight!

Step 6. Boarding the Plane

Airlines allow boarding 15 minutes before the actual flight time unless it is delayed. They will usually announce for any delays or gate changes in advance. Make sure you have your boarding pass on hand and valid ID (for domestic flights) or passport (international flights).

Arrival at Mactan Cebu International Airport

Mactan Airport Control Tower
(Photo via Instagram, @mactancebuairport )

All domestic and international flights arrive at the Terminal 1 of Mactan Cebu International Airport. Meanwhile, the new terminal is slated to start operations on June 2018.

Th airport is very small and the process is direct. The current terminal only has one arrival bay.

Domestic Arrival MCIA

International Arrival MCIA
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Some of the services and facilities available in the arrival hall include: foreign exchange services, ATMs, and limited food kiosks. Tourist necessities like maps and internet sims are available here. There are metered-taxis available for those who need a ride right away.

Take note if you’re not coming in from an international flight: you can go directly to claim your baggage. Find the one that has your flight number and wait for your baggage.

Contact Information

If you have inquiries and concerns, you can email Mactan Cebu International Airport at [email protected] or call (+632) 494-9000 to speak with one of their Customer Service Representatives. They also have a direct inquiry form on their website.

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