Mactan–Cebu International Airport: Again a step forward

Mactan–Cebu International Airport

Mactan–Cebu International Airport is progressing. In our article from Januar 27, 2016, we showed you the excellent renovation and extension work done by the Indians. Early this morning we learned that at least one of our wishes already becomes true.

Four airlines to offer more direct international flights from Mactan-Cebu starting March

Cebuanos and other Visayans won’t have to head to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to travel the world with ease, as Mactan-Cebu Airport announced four new direct international flights from Cebu starting March.

Mactan–Cebu International Airport announced on Tuesday four airlines will have a flight to and from Cebu: Emirates will have a flight to Dubai, Xiamen Air to have a flight to Xiamen, EVA Air will have a flight to Taipei, and Philippine Airlines to Los Angeles.

Starting March 30, Emirates will have a daily flight from Cebu to Dubai and vice versa. The B777-300ER can seat 386 in the economy and 42 in the business class. Emirates said in the statement it chose to expand its flights to and from Cebu and Clark to enhance the country’s trade links and boost incoming tourism.

Xiamen Air will have three flights per week from Cebu to Xiamen, China, and vice versa starting March 27. The B737-800 can seat 8 people in the business class and 162 in the economy.

EVA Air, starting March 27, can fly 176 people in the economy and 8 in the business class daily to Taipei using an A321-200.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) will have a direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles and vice versa starting March 15. Flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The A340-300 can seat 36 people in the business class and 218 in the economy.

Qatar Airways should be the next one to come back to Mactan-Cebu. Currently they offer code-share flights, but these cannot be compared with the outstanding hospitality on board of real Qatar flight.

Our updated wish list

  • Two real restaurants (domestic and international section) instead of these food-stalls and micro take-out shops. Sitting, dining, feeling well is still missing.
  • No more of these taxes & fees booths. Include the taxes and fees in the airfares. What you pay is what you get.
  • Cebu Pacific Air should offer two daily flights to Camiguin. The early morning flight should not be changed. But a late afternoon flight would make many tourists and Camiguinons happy. We suggest Cebu-Camiguin at around 4:00 p.m. and Camiguin – Cebu at 5:30 p.m. We’ll analyse this suggestion in another article.


We hope that they don’t stop there. Mactan–Cebu International Airport has a big potential.


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3 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    Both Emirates and EVA are good airlines to have in Cebu and like you I think Qatar should be returning soon, the new management at the airport are a definite improvement over the last fee hungry owner.

    The problem with the Emirates flights though is that it’s their 77W’s which have 10 seats across compared to the more comfortable 9 across in many other airlines.
    That is the sole reason I will never fly it but it’s nice to have options.
    I come back this time with Qatar on their new A350 flying to Singapore then take Cebu Pacific the next day to Cebu (avoiding the horror of NAIA is always good).

    However, I have forgotten maximum baggage dimensions for the ATR to Camiguin and I cannot find it on the website, I know 20KG is max weight but I cannot find any sort of dimension for checked baggage. Do you know the answer to that perhaps?

  2. Chris says:

    It would appear that Qatar is confirmed to be coming back to Cebu.
    Starting with the Dreamliner until they get more A350’s delivered, dates unknown as of yet.

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