By Junex Doronio
October 26, 2022
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — For two weeks, several business establishments have to bear with their losses as the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) resumes operations but only for 12 hours, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., following the Sunday night accident when a Korean airplane overshot the runway due to bad weather.
On Tuesday, October 25, Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC) president Alfred Reyes revealed that the room and food and beverage (F&B) revenues of city hotels and resorts encountered losses because guests bound for Cebu have canceled their bookings and events.
“City and resort hotels have been logging a handful of cancellations both from domestic and international guests,” Reyes said
He added that an airport closure can easily affect about 500 rooms per night from the Korean market alone.
Reyes lamented that a big event organized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) that was supposed to kick off last Monday, October 24, in a city hotel was canceled.
The three-day event would have hosted 500 to 600 guests.
It was learned that the MCIA and airport operator GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) had allowed at least 17 aircraft to depart as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) assistant general manager Glenn Napuli said in a press briefing that the airport’s 24/7 operations would only resume once the Korean Air plane that overshot the runway Sunday night is completely removed.
In reaction, the socialist humanist Maharlika Solidarity (MASO) has urged the MCIAA to speed up the completion of a second runway in order not to delay local and international flights in case of an untoward incident on the first runway.
MASO asked what happened to the declaration of then Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade that the MCIA’s secondary runway may be partially operational before the end of April 2022. (ai/mtvn)