Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport

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Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport
formerly Rochambeau Airport
Airport type Public
Operator CCI Guyane[1]
Serves Cayenne, French Guiana
Location Matoury
Elevation AMSL 24 ft / 7 m
Coordinates 04°49′11″N 52°21′43″W / 4.81972°N 52.36194°W / 4.81972; -52.36194Coordinates: 04°49′11″N 52°21′43″W / 4.81972°N 52.36194°W / 4.81972; -52.36194
CAY is located in French Guiana
Location in French Guiana
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,200 10,499 Asphalt
Statistics (2014)
Passengers 446,039
Passenger traffic change Increase 2.1%
Source :,[2] French AIP,[3] UAF,[4] DAFIF[5][6]

Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport (French: Aéroport de Cayenne – Félix Eboué) (IATA: CAYICAO: 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).[1]

Air Guyane Express has its headquarters on the airport property.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9][10] The code for the airport remains CAY.[11]

In 2009, passenger traffic totaled 400,025 passengers, a 3.9% increase over 2008's figure of 385,142 passengers.


The airport has an elevation of 24 feet (7 m) above mean sea level. It has one paved runway, designated 08/26, which measures 3,200 by 45 metres (10,499 ft × 148 ft).[3] It is open to public air traffic and international air traffic and is classified as Category A of section D.222-2 of the Code of Civil Aviation and classified SSLIA in category 7 (rank A). The terminal has an area of 12,000 square metres.

The Cayenne non-directional beacon (Ident: FXC) and VOR-DME (Ident: CYR) are located on the field.[12][13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Caraïbes Fort-de-France, Paris-Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air France Fort-de-France, Paris-Orly, Pointe-à-Pitre
Air Guyane Grand Santi, Maripasoula, Saint-Laurent du Maroni, Saül
Azul Brazilian Airlines Belém, Fortaleza
Surinam Airways Belém, Paramaribo


2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
457 168 375 844 374 394 386 979 385 142 400 025 423 849 435 440 495 994

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b CCI Guyane
  2. ^ "Résultats d’activité des aéroports français 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ a b SOCA – Cayenne "Rochambeau". AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 17 August 2017.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Aéroport de Cayenne – Rochambeau" (in French). L'Union des Aéroports Français. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 9 June.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ Airport information for SOCA from DAFIF (effective 26 October 2006)
  6. ^ Airport information for CAY at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  7. ^ "Directory: World airlines." Flight International. 16–22 March 2004. 65.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Laurent Marot (21 January 2012). "Guyana found memory by changing the name of the airport". LeMonde (in French). Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  10. ^ order of 4 January 2012, J.O. 8 January 2012, NOR TRAA1200009A,
  11. ^ Stéphanie Bouillaguet (17 January 2012). "Rochambeau has already become Félix-Éboué". France-Guiana. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  12. ^ Cayenne NDB
  13. ^ Cayenne VOR
  14. ^ Source : Site de l'UAF Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

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