Passengers bound for Davao, Manila and Kalibo are assigned a special hallway (a room) at the extreme left of the predeparture area (and away from the shops). This is mostly Gate 5. There is a stall with 3 table screen for your internet browsing, but since a lot of people tend to monopolize its use, don't bet on being able to check your mails there... unless you get lucky.
The departure hall has 4 jetways (boarding bridges) but plans are underway to add two more to accommodate increasing traffic. On the whole, MCIA is a convenient gateway to your next destination, if a tad undersized for its reputation as the Philippines' second biggest airport and gateway to the country.
|"Atin To" (This is Ours) is one of the bigger shops found at the Departure Building before entering the check-in counter. It has souvenir items, handicrafts, books, etc.|
|A new shop just before check-in called cXpress, just beside the PhilPost counter.|
|Money changer just before entering the check in counter hallway.|
|BPI and Landbank ATM machines are found inside just before security check to your check in counters.|
|A wall of plants has been incorporated into the departure entrance.|
|Entrance into the first security check and into the check-in hallway is for ticketed guests only.|
|This used to be the older entrance to the check-in counters. The new one (above) has a lot more breathing space.|
The view after the security (Xray) check. This area has the Quarantine Office, a phone booth, and a new Concierge Luggage and More (left luggage, shipping packing) beside the Malayan Insurance Counter.
|The busier side of the check-in counter hallway is the Cebu Pacific side.|
Check in counters. Cebu Pac has greatly improved customer relations, unlike our last visit here and elsewhere. Their ground personnel are polite, accommodating and easily offer a smile; a demeanor that is gravely required in this anxious-ridden industry. Bravo to their current human resources and training arm.
This was where Airport Tax of P200 ($4.60) is paid but this has been mostly incorporated upon purchase of your ticket.
A smoking lounge cum cafe at the Check-in Hall. There's another smoking lounge (Buon Volo) at the Predeparture Area. Beside this is Bo's Coffee.
Predeparture area servicing flights to Davao, Manila and Kalibo. This is a separate room (Gate5) from the bigger hall with shops.
Facade of Mactan Cebu International Airport's Departure Hall. This photo only courtesy of wikpedia's magalhaes.