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interCaribbean Beechcraft King Air at the Providenciales International Airport tarmac An interCaribbean Beechcraft Model 99 at the Providenciales International Airport.

Airports in the Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Airport Codes
Providenciales International AirportIATA: PLS, ICAO: MBPV
Grand Turk International AirportIATA: GDT, ICAO: MBGT
North Caicos AirportIATA: NCA, ICAO: MBNC
Middle Caicos Airport IATA: MDS, ICAO: MBMC
South Caicos AirportIATA: XSC, ICAO: MBSC
Salt Cay AirportIATA: SLX, ICAO: MBSY
Pine Cay AirportIATA: PIC, ICAO: MBPI
Ambergris Cay AirportICAO: MBPV

The Turks and Caicos Islands have 8 airports. Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) are the only international airports, and only Providenciales has regular scheduled international flights.

FBO on Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

Each of the major inhabited islands has an airport, although not all of the have scheduled domestic services. North Caicos Airport (NCA) is operational, but it is used for charter flights only. Middle Caicos Airport (MDS) is used by local private pilots, but does not have emergency services (firetrucks).

An abandoned airstrip exists on the northern end of West Caicos, but it is not operational or suitable for use by aircraft. Ambergris Cay also has a private airport, which has been assigned ICAO code MBAC (it has not been assigned a short IATA 3-letter code).

Providenciales hosts the greatest range of amenities and services for private aircraft, and is the recommended port of entry for international flights. Fuels costs are likewise lowest, and there are two FBOs with ample space for parking planes of all sizes.

Airports

Providenciales International Airport (PLS)
Providenciales International Airport (PLS) information. Learn about flight arrivals, departures, check-in times, parking, transport, shops and dining, and more.
Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT)
The JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) is the only airport on Grand Turk and one of only two international airports in the country.
North Caicos Airport (NCA)
This small and quiet airport on North Caicos (NCA) has an asphalt runway. There are no regular scheduled flights that land here.
Middle Caicos Airport (MDS)
Found near the settlement of Conch Bar, this airport has largely been inactive since the construction of the North Caicos – Middle Caicos causeway in 2007. The airport has a small “terminal” building and a 2200 foot paved runway.
South Caicos Airport (XSC)
The South Caicos Airport (XSC) is a small regional airport with a 6000 foot (1830 meter) asphalt runway. Several scheduled flights from Providenciales and Grand Turk land here each week.
Salt Cay Airport (SLX)
This small single runway and terminal airport is domestic only and services the island of Salt Cay.
Pine Cay Airport (PIC)
This small private 2800 foot (850 meter) asphalt airstrip is located on the small island of Pine Cay.

Useful Information

Private Pilots and FBOs

aerial view of spur and grove barrier reef off of Providenciales
An aerial view of the barrier reef. The water over top is less than 3 feet (1 metre) deep. On one side the water is shallow. On the other, the depth drops quickly to over 300 ft (90 m).

There are two FBOs located in the Turks and Caicos, both of which are located at the Providenciales International Airport.

Airlines

The Turks and Caicos has two domestic airlines: interCaribbean and Caicos Express Airways. These airlines connect Providenciales to Grand Turk and Salt Cay, and provide regional flights.

International flight services to Providenciales include American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest (starting late 2017), British Airways, AirCanada, Delta and United.

History and Future Development

South Caicos Airport, 1968. This airport was built to support the U.S. Coast Guard LORAN facility. Photo courtesy of and copyright of U.S. Coast Guard veteran Charles A. Bliley (www.bliley.net).

Providenciales' first airport was in the vicinity of the current Graceway IGA, in the middle of the island. With the construction of Club Med in the 1980s, the British funded a relocation and redevelopment to it's current location. It has undergone a recent refurbishment in 2012, and there are talks of building a new international terminal.

American Airlines began flying from Miami to Providenciales in the early 1990s, and today a wide range of airlines are flying from the United States, Canada, the UK and regional Caribbean destinations.

South Caicos' airport was due to undergo expansion in 2007, but it became stalled. The project has recently restarted (2016) and involves a new terminal, taxiway and apron.

Many of the airports and airstrips in the Turks and Caicos had interesting origins. The first airports in the country, such as the U.S. Air Force South Base on Grand Turk, which became the Grand Turk airport, and the South Caicos Airport, were constructed to support U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard bases in the country. After these sites were decommissioned, possession was handed over to the local government. The disused West Caicos airstrip was built by Exxon, when the island was being considered as a site for an oil transhipment station.