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Mactan airport terminal 2 to start operations July 1

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GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) said it is prepared to open the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2 on July 1.

The consortium of Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd. said it has launched an operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) program to ensure that all processes and operations are ready by July 1, when the terminal will open for international operations.

GMCAC said it started the ORAT program in November. It includes familiarization training and walk-throughs around the new terminal for airport employees. Also part of the simulations are testing of facilities and processes as well as of information technology (IT) systems, airport systems, and manpower readiness.

The trials will also assess all standard operating procedures to meet the requirements of airlines, immigration, customs, quarantine, and other airport stakeholders.

“The most critical planning aspect towards the opening is the testing of Terminal 2’s operational readiness and the alignment of various processes,” GMCAC Chief Executive Adviser Andrew Harrison said in a statement. “We need to ensure, through the ORAT program, that all facilities and processes are ready for commercial operations in July.”

President Rodrigo R. Duterte led the inauguration of the new terminal earlier this month. The P17.5-billion expansion of the airport, with a concession of 25 years, was the biggest public-private partnership project (PPP), awarded in 2014 under President Benigno S. C. Aquino III. — Patrizia Paola C. Marcelo

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