The Turks and Caicos is a rather small archipelago country, yet small aircraft remain a primary means of transport between islands. There are two domestic airlines based in the country, with scheduled flights between several islands, yet due to irregular schedules and large groups traveling together, charter flights may be necessary, or simply make financial sense in some cases.
The Turk and Caicos features several inhabited islands, and guests staying on one of our smaller boutique islands may opt for the convenience of a charter flight over scheduled domestic flights and ferry services. Charter flights on Providenciales often depart from one of the island’s two private FBOs, so the usual airport queues are avoided and there’s typically very little wait.
All Scheduled International Flights Land at Providenciales
All scheduled international flights to the Turks and Caicos land at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). The Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) is also an international airport, yet no scheduled flights service the island at this time. These two airports are the only two in the country typically used by jet aircraft.
Guests arriving via a scheduled international flight and staying on an island other than Providenciales will have to travel to their final destination island by boat or small plane.
See Domestic Flights and Ferries for information on regular services.
Charter aircraft in the Turks and Caicos tend to be small twin-engine planes, such as the Beechcraft King Air, Britten-Norman Islander, de Havilland Twin Otter, and Cessna 402.
Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay, North Caicos, Pine Cay, and Ambergris Cay all have functioning and surfaced airports or airstrips.
Middle Caicos does not have an operational airport and does not see any flights. North Caicos and Middle Caicos are connected by a road causeway, so guests wanting to fly to Middle Caicos land on North Caicos and make the scenic 15-minute drive over to their final destination.
Other Islands without Functioning Airstrips
The boutique island of Parrot Cay does not have an airstrip or airport. Passenger transfers typically take place by boat from Providenciales.
West Caicos has a disused unpaved airstrip. It’s currently unsuitable for aircraft. The airstrip was originally constructed in 1972 by an oil company that was considering an oil transshipment hub on the island.
Destinations Outside of the Turks and Caicos
The two local airlines, Caicos Express and interCaribbean, also serve as the primary charter flight companies in the Turks and Caicos. Both airlines have scheduled regional international flights, and are happy to accommodate charter flights to many destinations in the Caribbean.