Smile exclusive: first look at the world’s first ‘resort airport’

First look at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2

We got an exclusive pass to see the world’s first ‘resort airport’, which will be inaugurated on June 7. Located in Cebu, Philippines, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 will increase the airport’s passenger capacity to 12.5 million. It will begin operations in July, and will serve as the premier conduit to 24 partner airline carriers, 22 international destinations and 33 domestic destinations.

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Here are the highlights that give the airport a ‘resort feel’:

  • Terminal 2 spans 16 acres, comprised of a main building with two naves flanking each side. It further expands to an eastern and western wing, all in the same undulating pattern that echoes the waves surrounding Mactan island.
  • From the inside, it also looks like the inside of a giant canoe’s hull, or the fuselage of an aircraft.
  • The impressive ceiling features a stunning skylight and laminated timber from a renewable source: wood. 
  • The terrazzo-style floors include mother-of-pearl inlay and was polished 14 times during construction to achieve its current sheen, especially when the open skylight lets the sun hit the floor: much like the sandy beaches of Cebu.
  • There 48 state-of-the-art check-in counters are expandable to 72 counters, and are conspicuously lowered to waist-length, as opposed to the typical chest height. The design allows for more interaction between passenger and service personnel with the aim of being the friendliest resort airport in the country.
  • The especially commissioned synthetic rattan-wrapped counters are woven by Cebuano craftsmen. Rattan, the stems of a palm, is the traditional material of choice that placed Cebu on the design world map.
  • The open spaces feature life-sized photographs of Cebu spots, good eats and must-try adventures.

Written by

Jude A. Bacalso

Filmed by

Roland Pascua

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