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The Ambergris Cay Harold Charles Airport (MBAC)

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Ambergris Cay Airport Facts
Airport Code ICAO: MBAC
Runway Length 5,700 feet (1737 meters)
Elevation 8.5 feet (2.59 meter)
Clearance Status Private

The Ambergris Cay Harold Charles Airport is a privately-owned runway and terminal, located on the private island of Ambergris Cay (Big Ambergris Cay). The runway has a 5700 foot (1737 meter) paved asphalt surface, and is the longest private runway in the Caribbean or Lucayan Archipelago.

For guests staying at Ambergris Cay Resort or at one of the managed villas, transit via plane is typically provided to Ambergris Cay from the Providenciales International Airport (PLS).

On the typical eastern approach to the airport, to the right of the aircraft are spectacular views of Little Ambergris Cay, where there are wetlands, turquoise channels, and sandbar systems.

International Arrivals

Ambergris Cay Harold Charles Airport (MBAC) in Turks and Caicos
Golf carts and bicycles at the Ambergris Cay airport.

The Ambergris Cay Harold Charles Airport was intended to be an international airport, and is expected to begin accepting international flights at some time in the future. However, immigration and customs staff is currently no present onsite, so arriving aircraft are advised to make entry into the Turks and Caicos at the Providenciales International Airport before proceeding on.

There are two FBOs at the Providenciales International Airport that cater to private aircraft.

The Terminal

On the eastern end of the runway at the Ambergris Cay airport is the terminal, which is home to a small welcome center for the resort, as well as a boutique. Arriving guests staying on the island will find concierge and golf carts for transport to their accommodation.

Harold Charles

The Ambergris Cay airport is named after pilot and entrepreneur Harold Charles, who had humble beginnings in Haiti, and moved to the Turks and Caicos when he was 13 years old. He began working as ground crew cleaning aircraft, and rose through the ranks to become a pilot, and then started the SkyKing airline, which grew to the point of running turboprop Short 360 and Beechcraft 1900 planes for regional island hopping trips. In 2008, SkyKing was purchased by Air Turks and Caicos, which later became interCaribbean.