Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport

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Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport
Aéroport de Cayenne – Félix Eboué
Airport type Public
Operator CCI Guyane
Serves Cayenne
Location Matoury, French Guiana
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 :,[1] French AIP,[2] UAF,[3] DAFIF[4][5]

Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport (French: Aéroport de Cayenne – Félix Eboué) (IATA: CAYICAO: SOCA) is French Guiana's main international airport. It is located in the commune of Matoury, 13 km (8 mi) southwest of French Guiana's capital city of Cayenne. Its management is provided by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of French Guyana. Air Guyane Express has its head office on the airport property.[6]


The airfield of Cayenne was built in 1943 in 10 months by the American army who wanted to be able to reach Africa when flying there with its bombers. Very close to the aerodrome, one can find the former airfield "Gallion", used in 1943 and then quickly abandoned when using the new airport.

The name of Rochambeau is first attributed in reference Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau, commander of the French troops who participated in the American Revolutionary War.[7] It was purchased by France in 1949.

The name of Rochambeau creates controversy because of the bad reputation of the son of the dedicatee of the airport, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur, vicomte de Rochambeau who during the Saint-Domingue expedition harshly repressed the Haitian Revolution. Member of the National Assembly of France for Guiana Christiane Taubira request a change of name in 1999. After the proposal of Cépérou (Indian chief of the 17th century), it was finally renamed in 2012 to the name of Félix Éboué which is retained and change became official in January 2012.[8][9] The code for the airport remains CAY.[10]

In 2009, passenger traffic totaled 400,025 passengers (+3.9%) compared to 2008 with 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).[2] It is open to public air traffic, international traffic and 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.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Air Caraïbes Paris-Orly, Fort-de-France
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 (begins 6 August 2016)[11]
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. ^ "Résultats d’activité des aéroports français 2014" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b SOCA – Cayenne "Rochambeau". AIP from French Service d'information aéronautique, effective 21 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Aéroport de Cayenne – Rochambeau" (in French). L'Union des Aéroports Français. Retrieved 9 June.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ Airport information for SOCA from DAFIF (effective 26 October 2006)
  5. ^ Airport information for CAY at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  6. ^ "Directory: World airlines." Flight International. 16–22 March 2004. 65.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Laurent Marot (21 January 2012). "Guyana found memory by changing the name of the airport". LeMonde (in French). Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  9. ^ order of 4 January 2012, J.O. 8 January 2012, NOR TRAA1200009A,
  10. ^ Stéphanie Bouillaguet (17 January 2012). "Rochambeau has already become Félix-Éboué". France-Guiana. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Azul terá voo sem escalas entre Fortaleza e Caiena" (in Portuguese). Panrotas. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  12. ^ Source : Site de l'UAF

External links[edit]

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