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

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 have scheduled domestic services. North Caicos Airport (NCA) is operational, yet is used for charter flights only. Middle Caicos Airport (MDS) is occasionally utilised by local private pilots, but does not have emergency services (firetrucks), and isn't open to commercial flights.

An abandoned airstrip exists on the northern end of West Caicos. The site is partially overgrown and 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 by far 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 and Airstrips

Providenciales International Airport (PLS)
Providenciales International Airport (PLS) information. Learn about flight arrivals, departures, check-in times, parking, transport, shops and dining, and more.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Salt Cay Airport (SLX)
This small single runway and terminal airport is domestic only and services the island of Salt Cay.
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Pine Cay Airport (PIC)
This small private 2800 foot (850 meter) asphalt airstrip is located on the small island of Pine Cay.
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Private Pilots and FBOs

aerial view of spur and grove barrier reef off of Providenciales
Aerial view of the Caicos barrier reef. The water depth change is drastic in many places, with a rapid transition from waist-deep to thousands of feet.

There are two FBOs located in the Turks and Caicos, both of which are found 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, South Caicos, and Salt Cay, and provide regional flights to destinations throughout the Caribbean.

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 site was recognized as being insufficient and the British funded a relocation and the development of the current airport.

The Providenciales airport underwent a major refurbishment in 2012, however the expanded terminal was undersized before it was even completed. There are talks of building a new international terminal.

American Airlines began flying from Miami to Providenciales in the early 1990s, and their scheduled and regular flights were instrumental in transforming the tourism industry on Providenciales. The number of airlines flying to the Turks and Caicos has steadily grown over the last decade, and today the Providenciales International Airport welcomes aircraft from across the United States, Canada, the UK and many Caribbean destinations.

The South Caicos Airport was also due to undergo expansion in 2007, yet the project became stalled due to the global financial crisis. Work has recently restarted, and hopes are that the new terminal, taxiway, and apron will be completed in the next couple of years.

Many of the airports and airstrips in the Turks and Caicos have 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 transshipment station.

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