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An interCaribbean Beechcraft Model 99 at the Providenciales International Airport.

Airports in the Turks and Caicos Islands

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.

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).

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).

Private Pilots and FBOs

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

History and Future Development

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.