Antoine-Simon Airport

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Antoine Simon airport
Aéroport des Cayes
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Autorité Aéroportuaire Nationale
Serves Les Cayes, Haiti
Location Les Cayes, Haiti
Elevation AMSL 98 ft / 30 m
Coordinates 18°16′16″N 073°47′18″W / 18.27111°N 73.78833°W / 18.27111; -73.78833Coordinates: 18°16′16″N 073°47′18″W / 18.27111°N 73.78833°W / 18.27111; -73.78833
Website http://www.aanhaiti.com/aan/
Map
MTCA is located in Haiti
MTCA
MTCA
Location in Haiti
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 980 3,215 Asphalt
Sources: DAAFIF[1]

Antoine-Simon Airport (IATA: CYAICAO: MTCA) is the fourth airport in Haiti in passenger traffic[2] is located near the city of Les Cayes, in Haiti's Southern peninsula.

This airport is served by scheduled and charter airlines from Port-au-Prince.[3] Here is a List of airports in Haiti.

History[edit]

Antoine-Simon Airport was financed and built by the Haitian government and inaugurated on 7 May 2005 by then Prime Minister Gérard Latortue.[4] Taiwan financed the construction of the access road to the airport. It is named after François C. Antoine Simon, the 18th President of Haiti.

The Autorité Aéroportuaire Nationale plans to make this an international airport by extending the runway to 3,000 m (9,843 ft) and adding a terminal with customs and other services.[5]

Expansion[edit]

As of February 1, 2013, Haiti has laid the first stone on the expansion of the Antoine-Simon Airport project in Les Cayes. The project to make Antoine-Simon a viable international airport is part of broader efforts aiming at ramping up infrastructure development in Haiti’s South department.[6]

The expansion project will add a new 3,000-metre runway strip and a new terminal to the airport. Haiti officials (Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin) suggest that the airport would open up completely the southern region as the country sees tourism as one of the promising sectors capable of creating thousands of new jobs in the region.[7]

Another airport project is also planned for the neighbouring island of Ile a Vache.[8]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations

References[edit]

Short bio: Francois C. Antoine Simon was born on 10 October 1843 in Les Cayes, Haiti, and died either on 10 January or 10 March 1923 in Les Cayes. He was originally from the town of Savane near Les Cayes and initially worked as a municipal police officer before joining the army as an officer.

In 1883 he was appointed commander of the troops in the Sud Department, a post he held until 1908. During his military career, he was promoted to colonel in 1887. Between 1896 and 1902, he was aide-de-camp of the President Tirésias Simon Sam and was later promoted to general. It was as a general that he led a military revolt against President Pierre Nord Alexis

Family: His ancestors are Pierre Baptiste Simon, Toussaint Louverture, President Simon's daughter Celestina was a voodoo priestess, a greatson named Charite Simon and greatchildren Romane Antoine Simon, James Simon, Esther Simon, Sylvie Simon, Emmanuella Simon