Hugo Chávez International Airport
|Hugo Chávez International Airport|
|IATA: CAP – ICAO: MTCH|
|Operator||Autorité Aeroportuaire Nationale|
|Elevation AMSL||10 ft / 3 m|
Hugo Chávez International Airport (formerly Cap-Haïtien International Airport) (IATA: CAP, ICAO: MTCH) is an airport serving Cap-Haïtien, a city in the Nord department in Haiti. 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 others in the Caribbean. 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).
The Haitian government recently signed a deal with Venezuela for the airport to be renovated. As of 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. 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 which had previously bisected the airstrip around it instead.
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 Nicolas 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."
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). 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 destinations
|Air Turks and Caicos||Providenciales|
|IBC Airways||Miami, Fort Lauderdale|
|Sunrise Airways||Port-au-Prince, Providenciales|
- Salsa d'Haiti Scheduled and chartered passenger and cargo services.
- Sunrise Airways to anywhere in Haiti up to 4000 lbs, Charter services.
- Caribbean American Shipping Express, LLC (CAS Xpress) (Hollywood, Florida) 
- Contract Air Cargo (Providenciales, Miami-Opa Loka)
- IBC Airways (Miami)
- Missionary Flights and Services Inc. (Santiago, Exuma, St. Lucie)
- Corporate Aircraft Responding in Emergencies (CARE) banner.
- Galaxy Export Inc Shipping to Cap Haitien
- Airport information for MTCH at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.Source: DAFIF.
- Airport information for CAP at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective Oct. 2006).
- "Haïti: Le foncier retarde la construction des aéroports". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- HAITI RENAMES AIRPORT FOR HUGO CHAVEZ (AP)
- Haitian government: Welcome to Hugo Chávez International Airport (Miami Herald)
- "Flying into Haiti". AOPA Pilot Magazine. March 2010.