The Turks and Caicos Islands is a popular destination for private planes, having ranked third in the Caribbean region for arrivals in 2014.
The majority of private planes arrive at Providenciales. Whereas each of the main islands in the country has an airport, only Providenciales International Airport (PLS) and Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport (GDT) are international airports.
Your first stop must be at an international airport or an FBO with immigration and customs personal.
Providenciales (IATA: PLS, ICAO: MBPV) is the only island with full-service FBOs.
The general hours of the Providenciales International Airport are 6am to 8pm. All flights plans must be received by local authorities at least two hours before landing. Special permission must be obtained for arrivals outside of the normal operation hours.
A general declaration is required by customs upon arrival.
A passenger manifest will also be needed by immigration if passengers are boarding or disembarking.
A cargo manifest will also be required by both by both customs and immigration if any items or articles are to be unloaded or loaded.
Prices are quoted by the TCI Airports Authority for 2015.
Several fees and taxes apply to private planes landing in the Turks and Caicos, including landing ($10-$25) depending on aircraft weight), navigation service ($5), and security services ($8).
There is a departure tax ($29). Flight crews and those under two years of age are exempted.
If the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) is used by private aircraft, a terminal fee of ($3) applies to persons over two years of age.
Extra immigration and customs fees apply outside of normal operating hours.
FBOs charges will be in addition too many of these fees.
The FBOs on Providenciales offer JetA and 100LL Avga. Prices are similar at both FBOs and quite reasonable when compared regionally.
Jet A is about $4.28, and 100LL is around $5.48 (2017). Fuelling can be reserved in advance of your arrival.
On Providenciales, private and public (when available) aircraft parking is offered. Hanger space is not available. Varying fees apply.
Public parking may be arranged at the other airports in the Turks and Caicos.
Providenciales has two modern fixed-base operators (FBO), each with onsite immigration and customs personnel. Both have newly-constructed and separate terminals and aprons from the main Providenciales International Airport (PLS).
Amenities at both FBOs include the full range of aircraft services (including fuel, ground power unit (GPU), potable water and lavatory services), general and crew lounges, catering, and concierge services.
The local facilities offer ground handling for aircraft sizes up to Boeing 757s and ample aircraft parking is available.
It’s easy to arrange taxis, car rentals, accommodation and dining on Providenciales with the FBOs as they closely work with many local businesses. Car rental agencies are located near to each of the FBOs.
The FBOs also have office and business centres with WiFi, printers, phone and fax service, computers, and a conference room. See Telephones, Internet and Mobile Phones for general communication information in the Turks and Caicos.
Both sites allow and have a facility for pets. See Travelling with Pets.