Cap-Haïtien International Airport

Cap-Haïtien International Airport (IATA: CAP, ICAO: MTCH) is a minor international airport serving Cap-Haïtien, a city in Nord, Haiti.[1] It is the second largest airport in Haiti. This airport connects Haiti to airports like Miami International Airport, Providenciales International Airport, Cibao International Airport, and among others in the Caribbean region. The last airport for refueling for general aviation coming from the Bahamas into Haiti is Great Inagua, an airport in Matthew Town (IATA: IGA, ICAO: MYIG).

Cap-Haïtien International Airport
Hugo Chavez International Airport, Cap Haitien, Haiti.jpg
Airport typePublic
OwnerOffice National de l'Aviation Civile
OperatorAutorité Aéroportuaire Nationale
ServesCap-Haïtien, Haiti
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates19°43′59″N 72°11′41″W / 19.73306°N 72.19472°W / 19.73306; -72.19472Coordinates: 19°43′59″N 72°11′41″W / 19.73306°N 72.19472°W / 19.73306; -72.19472
MTCH is located in Haiti
Location in Haiti
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,652 8,701 Asphalt
Sources: DAFIF[1][2]


Cap-Haïtien International Airport under construction in October 2012

The Haitian government signed a deal with Venezuela for the airport to be renovated. In September 13, 2010, a 1,300 m (4,265 ft) concrete runway was being built by Haitian firms and personnel working under the supervision of a Cuban-Venezuelan firm.[3] The extended 7,500 ft runway was completely repaved in October 2012, with the rest of the reconstruction finished by February 2013. Part of the work consisted of rerouting a road around the airstrip that had previously bisected it.[4]

On 18 April 2013, a spokesman for Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced that the airport will be renamed to "Hugo Chávez International Airport" in honour of the late Venezuelan President, a day before Haitian President Michel Martelly was scheduled to attend Nicolás Maduro's inauguration ceremony in Caracas. A statement by the Prime Minister's spokesman Gary Bodeau said "President Chávez has done his best to help Haiti in the most difficult times. He has contributed over $1 billion to assist Haiti and is beloved by the Haitian people. As a tribute to him, and for his work to Haiti, we have decided to name the airport in Cap-Haïtien in his honor."[5] However, plans to rename the airport fell through.

In 2019, Spirit Airlines cancelled its scheduled service between Cap-Haïtien and Fort Lauderdale. In 2020, American Airlines terminated its service to Miami, leaving Cap-Haïtien with no scheduled commercial passenger service to the United States.[6] On 1 October 2020, Spirit Airlines announced it would resume nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport beginning 3 December, 2020.[7]


The airport resides at an elevation of 10 ft (3 m) above mean sea level. It had previously one runway designated 05/23 with an asphalt surface measuring 1,489 m × 40 m (4,885 ft × 131 ft).[1] The runway was extended to 2,286 m (7,500 ft) and completely repaved in a two-year reconstruction that finished in February 2013, with the actual runway opening in October 2012, although the change was not immediately made on the DAFIF database.

Airlines and destinationsEdit

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter services at the airport:

Bahamasair Nassau
Caicos Express Airways Providenciales
IBC Airways Fort Lauderdale
InterCaribbean Airways Providenciales
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale[7]
Sunrise Airways Port-au-Prince, Providenciales,[8] Santiago de Cuba, Santo Domingo–La Isabela[9]


  1. ^ a b c Airport information for MTCH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
  2. ^ Airport information for CAP at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Haïti: Le foncier retarde la construction des aéroports". Le Nouvelliste. Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
  4. ^ "Haïti - Économie : L'Aéroport International du Cap Haïtien sera prêt en février 2013 - : Toutes les nouvelles d'Haiti 7/7". Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Haiti renames airport for Hugo Chavez". The Big Story. Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  6. ^ "American Airlines reduces service to Haiti, cancels Miami-Cap-Haïtien route". Miami Herald. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b Inc, Spirit Airlines (October 1, 2020). "Spirit Airlines to Restore Flights to Cap-Haitien, Re-Activate Region's Only Nonstop Service to U.S." GlobeNewswire News Room.
  8. ^ Liu, Jim. "Sunrise Airways adds Cap-Haitien – Providenciales service from Dec 2019". Routesonline. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  9. ^ Liu, Jim. "Sunrise Airways expands Dominican Republic service in 1H20". Routesonline. Retrieved 6 March 2020.

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