21 February 2013
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) gives prospective bidders a month more to prepare their pre-qualification requirements for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) New Passenger Terminal Project.
The Transportation Department moved the deadline to March 22, instead of February 27, upon the request of companies who bought pre-qualification documents to give them more time to ready their submission.
DOTC disclosed in a General Bid Bulletin issued last January 18 that 11 companies have bought pre-qualification documents for the Cebu airport project. These include Metro Pacific Investments Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc., Aboitiz Land Inc., Filinvest Development Corp. and Filinvest Land Inc., Macroasia Corp., San Miguel Corp.,Â Prime Power Holdings Corp., Megawide, GMR Infrastructure, First Philippine Holdings Corp. and SM Investments Corp.
According to DOTC, MCIA is the second most important airport in the Philippines in terms of passenger traffic catering to both the industrial and tourism sectors. The existing airport facilities can only accommodate around 4.5 million passengers per year. But in 2012, it recorded about 6.77 million passengers which is above its capacity.
The increasing passenger traffic in MCIA has impacted the level of convenience and service to passengers in the existing terminal. This has also affected the airportâ€™s ability to handle more passengers, especially during peak hours.
The MCIA project, which will be built using a PPP scheme, will involve the construction of a new world-class passenger terminal building with a capacity of about 8 million passengers per year.Â
Part of the project is the construction of an apron for the new passenger terminal, the renovation and expansion of the existing terminal, and the installation of modern airport equipment and facilities to support its operational efficiency.Â Â
The winning bidder shall be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the new passenger terminal and the existing one for a concession period of 20 years. After the concession agreement, the private partner will turn over the facility and its operation to the government.