Mactan–Cebu International Airport is the second busiest international airport in the Philippines. It is located in Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island, a part of Metro Cebu and serves the Central Visayas region. The airport is managed by the Mactan–Cebu International Airport Authority and is hub of Cebu Pacific, Pan Pacific Airlines, and Royal Air Charter Service.
On 797 hectares (1,970 acres), it has a single 3,300-meter (10,800 ft) runway that was built by the United States in 1956 as an emergency airport for U.S. Air Forces’ Strategic Air Command bombers and was known as the Mactan Air Base. The runway is complemented by a full-length taxiway that it shares with the current Mactan Air Base of the Philippine Air Force.
This airport is located approximately 15 km (9.3 miles) from downtown Cebu. It takes approximately 31 minutes from downtown Cebu to get to this airport with light traffic.
The airport has Terminal 1 which serves domestic flights and Terminal 2 for international flights.
Use the following link to determine how to get from your current location to this airport or from this airport to your destination.
See the Transportation to/from this Airport section below for available modes of transport to/from this airport.
AIRLINES & DESTINATIONS
The following airlines have daily flights to and from the following destinations:
- Air Busan – Busan, Seoul–Incheon
- Air Juan – Bantayan, Catbalogan, Maasin, Naval, Sipalay, Siquijor, Tagbilaran
- AirSWIFT – El Nido
- Asiana Airlines – Seoul–Incheon
- Cathay Pacific – Hong Kong
- Cebu Pacific – Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Clark, Cotabato, Davao, General Santos, Hong Kong, Iloilo, Kalibo, Macau, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Singapore, Tokyo–Narita, Zamboanga
- Cebu Pacific operated by Cebgo – Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Calbayog, Camiguin, Caticlan, Dipolog, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Legazpi, Manila, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Siargao, Surigao, Tacloban, Zamboanga
- China Airlines – Taipei–Taoyuan
- China Eastern Airlines – Shanghai–Pudong, Seasonal: Nanjing
- China Southern Airlines – Guangzhou
- Emirates – Dubai–International
- EVA Air – Taipei–Taoyuan
- Jeju Air – Busan, Daegu, Muan, Seoul–Incheon
- Jin Air – Busan, Seoul–Incheon
- Juneyao Airlines – Seasonal: Shanghai–Pudong
- Korean Air – Seoul–Incheon
- Lucky Air – Kunming
- Pan Pacific Airlines – Seoul–Incheon
- Philippine Airlines (PAL) – Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi, Clark, Davao, Los Angeles, Manila, Nagoya–Centrair, Osaka–Kansai, Seoul–Incheon, Tokyo–Narita
- PAL Express – Bacolod, Busuanga, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Dipolog, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Legazpi, Manila, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Siargao, Tacloban, Zamboanga
- Philippines AirAsia – Cagayan de Oro, Caticlan, Clark, Davao, Kalibo, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur–International, Macau, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Seoul–Incheon, Shenzhen, Singapore, Taipei–Taoyuan
- Qatar Airways – Doha
- Scoot – Singapore
- Sichuan Airlines – Seasonal: Chongqing
- SilkAir – Singapore
- Starlux Airlines – Taipei–Taoyuan
- Tigerair Taiwan – Taipei–Taoyuan
- T’way Airlines – Daegu
- XiamenAir – Chengdu, Quanzhou, Xiamen
When you arrive at the airport you will either exit the plane onto the tarmac and walk to the terminal, or deplane onto the tarmac and take a bus to the terminal, or deplane using a skywalk directly into the airport terminal.
Once in the terminal, you will walk a short distance to the baggage claim area to retrieve any bags you may have checked.
After claiming your checked luggage you may exit the terminal directly to the passenger loading zone where you can choose a form of transportation to take you to your destination.
See the Transportation to/from this Airport section below for available modes of transport to/from this airport.
When you arrive at the departure side of this airport, there will be an area to unload your luggage directly outside the Departure Entrance of the terminal.
You must have a valid ticket to enter the terminal. You and your luggage will need to pass through the security checkpoint to enter the terminal.
Once you pass through the security checkpoint at the entrance of the terminal, you will be in the Check-In area where you may begin the check-in process, check your luggage, and obtain your boarding pass.
After checking your luggage and obtaining your boarding pass, you may need to pay a terminal fee if it is not included in the cost of your plane ticket. You must do this BEFORE you can pass through the next security checkpoint to enter the Passenger Waiting area.
The security checkpoint to enter the Passenger Waiting area tends to be more strict and usually requires removing your belt, shoes, hat, all items in your pockets and on your body, as well as large electronics such as tablets and laptops from your bags BEFORE passing through the security checkpoint.
Planes are boarded via a skywalk or from the tarmac. Depending on the distance of your plane from the terminal, you will either walk to the plane on the tarmac, or a bus will take you to your plane which you will then board from the tarmac.
FACILITIES & SERVICES
Assisted Travel Through Terminal
Wheelchairs are available upon request. If you require one, you should inform your airline or travel agent when making a flight booking that you need assistance at this airport, since getting help from the curbside to check-in counters or with the collection of bags is not available unless agreed to in advance with your airline.
Porters are available but usually require tipping them.
There are ATMs at this airport.
There are several car rental agencies at this airport. All are located near the baggage claim area.
There are 2 cellular service providers at this airport: 1) Smart, and 2) Globe. Both service providers are located inside this airport on the departure side of the terminal, and outside this airport on the arrivals side of the terminal.
Concessionaires at this airport include:
- Duty-Free Shop at the Arrival Area
- Souvenir Shops at the Pre-Departure Area
Most concessionaires open at 6:00 AM and close at MIDNIGHT.
A Duty-Free shop is located on both terminals. In Terminal 1, it is located at the Arrivals just behind the information desk. In Terminal 2, it is right after the security check. It usually opens at 6:00 AM and closes at MIDNIGHT.
Food & Drink
There are several stores, restaurants, and cafes available to purchase food & drinks at this airport. Most open at 6:00 AM and close at MIDNIGHT.
Lost & Found
Lost property services at all terminals are provided FREE of charge.
Saturday-Sunday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
There are lounges are available at this airport on both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. There is a cost to access the lounge.
Luggage carts are available for use at no cost.
Luggage Storage & Lockers
Luggage Storage & Lockers are available at the airport. Ibales Luggage Handling Services is located in Domestic Arrival.
Charging stations are available at this airport located on both Arrival and Pre-Departure areas.
Foreign money exchange services are available at this airport in Domestic and International Arrival and in International Departure areas.
Parking is located at Terminal 2 grounds and walking distance going to Terminal 1. See Parking Fee section below for details.
Overnight parking is available at this airport, but you must coordinate with the parking attendant or the officer-in-charge of the parking area. Leaving your vehicle overnight without notifying this airport personnel is considered a security threat and could result in your vehicle being towed and impounded.
Extended parking at the airport requires the use of the Park & Fly facility.
There is a multi-denominational prayer room at this airport.
Showers are available at this airport as part of Lounge services.
Sleeping pods are NOT available at this airport. There’s an Aerotel open 24 hours daily located in Terminal 2 where you can sleep.
There are designated smoking areas in this airport as well as areas outside the terminal.
FREE WiFi is available.
On departing flights you may be charged a terminal fee of either 300 pesos for domestic flights or 850 pesos for international flights if this fee was not included in the cost of your plane ticket. The fee is payable upon entering the departures hall, after check-in and baggage drop-off, before passing through the security checkpoint.
The travel tax is a levy imposed by the Philippine Government on the individuals (citizens of the Philippines, permanent residents aliens, and non-resident aliens who have stayed in the Philippines for more than one year) who are leaving the country irrespective of the place where the air ticket is issued and the form or place of payment. Tax rates are listed below.
Park & Fly
A Park & Fly facility is available at this airport.
The following are the rates:
First 1 hour: PHP 30
Each additional hour: PHP 10
24 hours: PHP 250
Per Day: PHP 20
24 hours: PHP 130
Succeeding overnight rate: PHP 120
Electronic products that are brought into the country by passengers are subject to tax and duties.
TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM AIRPORT
Bus services are available with several pick-up and drop-off points.
Car for Hire
Arrangements need to be made with a driver prior to your arrival or departure.
There are several car rental agencies at this airport from which you can rent a car.
Jeepney services are NOT available at this airport.
Ride-Sharing is available to/from the airport on a van for approximately 350-400 PHP per person or through the the GrabTaxi app.
Many of the hotels and resorts offer a van shuttle service. Some are FREE … others involve a cost.
Official airport taxis (yellow) and ordinary (white) are readily available at this airport.
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HOTELS NEAR AIRPORT
If sleeping in the airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
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- Magellan’s Cross
- Basilica del Santo Niño
- Cebu Taoist Temple
- Museo Sugbo
- Lapu-Lapu Shrine
The list of prohibited items has been expanded to include all liquid substances such as beverages, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, gels, astringents, and other items of similar consistency. These items shall be placed in the check-in luggage and shall be confiscated if found at the final screening point.
Subject to usual inspection but are not covered by these restrictions are baby formula, breast milk or juice for a baby or small child who is traveling, prescription medicine under the passenger’s name, insulin, and other non-prescription medicines and airline crew groom kits.
For other special arrangements please coordinate with your Airline Company.
- You can NOT enter the terminal without a valid plane ticket.
- If you do not arrive at least 1 hour BEFORE your flight, you may not be allowed to enter the terminal.
- It is possible that you could be kept waiting outside a terminal for a delayed plane. Outside but under cover that is. Airport officials sometimes do not allow anyone in the terminal until 2 hours before departure.
- Always check your reservation to determine which terminal your flight is departing from.
- You should consider dressing as light as possible as they may make you remove any belts, shoes, hats and pass them through the x-ray machine.
- Beware of scams and thieves. Keep your bags and valuables close to you at all times while traveling through the airport, on the plane, and in the transport from the airport to your destination.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to go to the airport. It can take time to catch a taxi (30+ minutes). There are often long lines to get into this airport, at the check-in counters, security, and customs. Expect the worst and arrive several hours BEFORE your departure time to avoid missing your flight.
- Always have at least 1,000 pesos handy to pay the terminal fee should you have to. Not all airports accept credit cards or the credit card machines are often not working.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Last Updated: 11-July-2020