Vincent Fayks Airstrip

Vincent Fayks Airstrip (IATA: OEM, ICAO: SMPA), in Paloemeu, Suriname. The airport was constructed as part of Operation Grasshopper. It was named after the Polish pilot Vincent Fajks who crashed with co-pilot Ronald Kappel with their Aero Commander AC 520 (PZ-TAG) airplane at the site in October 1959, while trying to deliver building materials for the airport.[3] They both received a state funeral in Paramaribo on October 10, 1959. Paloemeu is a popular jungle resort on the Tapanahony River.

Vincent Fayks Airstrip
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Airport typePublic
OperatorLuchtvaartdienst Suriname
LocationPaloemeu, Suriname
Elevation AMSL10 ft / 3 m
Coordinates3°20′45″N 55°26′30″W / 3.34583°N 55.44167°W / 3.34583; -55.44167Coordinates: 3°20′45″N 55°26′30″W / 3.34583°N 55.44167°W / 3.34583; -55.44167
OEM is located in Suriname
Location in Suriname
Direction Length Surface
m ft
11/29 650 2,133 grass
Sources: GCM[1] Bing Maps[2]

Charters and destinationsEdit

Charter Airlines serving this airport are:[citation needed]

Blue Wing AirlinesParamaribo, Zorg en Hoop Airport[4]
Caricom AirwaysParamaribo, Zorg en Hoop Airport[5]
Gum AirParamaribo, Zorg en Hoop Airport[6]
Hi-Jet Helicopter ServicesParamaribo, Zorg en Hoop Airport
Suriname Air Force / Surinaamse LuchtmachtParamaribo, Zorg en Hoop Airport

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Airport information for OEM at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Bing Maps - Vincent Fayks
  3. ^ "Accident Aero Commander 520 PZ-TAG, 06 Oct 1959".
  4. ^ "Blue Wings schedule". Archived from the original on 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  5. ^ Caricom destinations Archived March 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Gum Air destinations

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