The fastest way to get to Cebu City, Philippines is by air. There are various airlines which fly to Mactan-Cebu International Airport. The following airline operators are Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Air Philippines, SEAir, Asian Spirit, Cathay Pacific Airways, SilkAir, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Mandarin Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is a major trade center in the south for both domestic and international travel. It is located in Lapu-Lapu City which is only a twenty-minute drive away from Cebu City.

(Facade of Mactan-Cebu International Airport)

Located at the pre-departure area, passengers can enjoy a last-minute shopping spree before their scheduled flights. At Duty Free, a variety of imported goods like wine, chocolate, clothing, shoes, etc. are available. Customers should present a valid passport to make any purchase. There are also snack bars, stores that sell wide selections of souvenir items and "pasalubong" (take-home) such as the famous local delicacies - otap, dried mangoes and rosquillos.

(Check-in area)

For each departing passengers, there is a service charge or terminal fee of P200 (U.S. $3.50) for domestic departures and minimal fee for international departures (paid in Philippine Pesos only).

You'll find quite a lot of taxis waiting outside the airport. The taxi stand and car rental desks are just outside the main door. Fixed rates apply for the hired taxis depending on your destination. But if you have few baggages and want a less-expensive fare, you can walk down across the street and look for the sign "more metered taxis upstairs."

Please take note of all the list of prohibited items, which include all liquid substances such as beverages, lotions, shampoos, toothpastes, 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 this restrictions are baby formula, breast milk, or juice of a baby or small child who is traveling, prescription medicines under the passenger's name, insulin and other non-prescription medicines and airline crew groom kits.

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