Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport (French: Aéroport de Cayenne – Félix Eboué, IATA: CAY, ICAO: SOCA) is French Guiana's main international airport. It is located near the commune of Matoury, 13 km (8 mi) southwest of French Guiana's capital city of Cayenne. It is managed by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of French Guyana (CCI Guyane).
Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport
formerly Rochambeau Airport
|Serves||Cayenne, French Guiana, France|
|Elevation AMSL||26 ft / 8 m|
The first airfield at Cayenne, called "Gallion," was built in 1943 in ten months by the U.S. Army Air Corps as a base allowing bombers to reach Africa. Though quickly abandoned upon the completion of the new airport, it can still be found very close to the aerodrome.
The new airport was first given the name "Rochambeau" in reference to Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, commander-in-chief of the French troops in the American Revolutionary War. It was purchased by France in 1949.
This name was controversial because the airport's namesake's son, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de Rochambeau, harshly repressed the Haitian Revolution during the Saint-Domingue expedition. Christiane Taubira, then-Member of the National Assembly of France for Guiana, requested in 1999 that the name be changed. Multiple proposals were submitted, including Cépérou, a seventeenth-century indigenous chief. It was finally renamed Félix Éboué Airport in 2012, the change becoming official in January of that year. The code for the airport remains CAY.
Félix Eboué Airport serves approximately 400,000 passengers per year.
Airlines and destinationsEdit
|Air France||Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Paris–Orly, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince|
|Air Guyane||Grand Santi, Maripasoula, Saint-Laurent du Maroni, Saül|
|457 168||375 844||374 394||386 979||385 142||400 025||423 849||435 440||495 994|
- CCI Guyane
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- Airport information for SOCA Archived 6 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine from DAFIF (effective 26 October 2006)
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- "CCI Guyane - Aéroport / Accueil". Archived from the original on 11 November 2008.
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- order of 4 January 2012, J.O. 8 January 2012, NOR TRAA1200009A, http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000025114748
- Stéphanie Bouillaguet (17 January 2012). "Rochambeau has already become Félix-Éboué". France-Guiana. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- "Cayenne airport". Aeroports Voyages. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
Comprising of a single terminal building, the airport handles roughly 400,000 passengers per year.
- Source : Site de l'UAF Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Media related to Cayenne-Rochambeau Airport at Wikimedia Commons