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the main terminal and gates at the Providenciales International Airport The main terminal at the Providenciales International Airport.

Providenciales International Airport (PLS)

Airport Road, Providenciales
Our Opinion
Unfortunately, the country's main airport has most of the problems associated with large airports and none of the advantages. Free WiFi is provided, but the connection rarely works. Luggage carts are not complimentary (unlike in many European and Asian airports) and cost $5 USD (foreign currency and cards not accepted), despite the distance from the baggage carousel to taxi pickup being around only 150 feet (50 metres). The Skylounge viewing deck is closed for many early-morning flights. Saturday and Sunday check-in times can be very long due to the high number of flights. Parking is extremely expensive.
3 star rating for Providenciales International Airport (PLS) by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
aerial view of the Providenciales International Airport
Aerial view of the airport.

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IATA Code: PLS, ICAO Code: MBPV

All international flights to the Turks and Caicos Islands arrive at the Providenciales International Airport, a small one terminal building with one 9,199 foot (2,804 metre) runway.

The island of Provo welcomes regularly-scheduled flights from over two dozen international cities, including London, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, Toronto, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Several international airlines fly to the Turks and Caicos, including British Airways, American Airlines, United, Air Canada, Delta, Jet Blue, West Jet, and InterCaribbean. All airlines share a general ticketing and check-in hall. There are no satellite terminals.

Check-in Times

American Airlines jet on the runway at the Providenciales International Airport
The Providenciales International Airport welcomes flights from dozens of international destinations.

Most airlines recommend at least 2 hours before international flights. For domestic flights, 45 minutes is sufficient.

The bulk of international passengers arrive 2 hours before departure. If you arrive 10-15 minutes before this, the lines will be significantly shorter.

Saturday and Sunday Flights

You should give yourself additional time to check-in on Saturday and Sunday. There is a high number of flights on these days and this can lead to delays in check-in and security.

Terminal Facilities

There is one departure lounge each for international and domestic flights. The international lounge can become crowded at times, but plans are underway for expansion.

The check-in hall features an open-air design, and has both traditional check-in counters with staff, and automated kiosks for some of the major airlines.

Before the international security checkpoint, there are resin copies of the stones from the Sapodilla Bay Hill Rock Carvings.

The international departure lounge features two levels, and seating is found in both areas. The upper level also offers an outdoor viewing deck and limited amounts of seating, as well as a VIP and first class lounge.

Internet

The departure lounge is covered by a complimentary LIME WiFi hot spot. Unfortunately, the connection is rarely functional, and poor when it is operational.

Shopping and Eating

A restaurant, Gilly's Restaurant, is found outside the security checkpoint in the main terminal. Gilly's Café, a small bar which also serves food, is located in the upper level of the international departure lounge.

Several gift and souvenir, duty-free, and jewellery shops are located on the lower level of the departure lounge.

Currency Exchange

There is no Bureau de Change at the airport. You are advised to exchange currency before you arrive. Currency can be exchanged at local banks, but the fees are exorbitant and queues can be over an hour for service.

Ground Transportation and Taxis

American Airlines plane approaching Providenciales over Chalk Sound
The typical flight approach to the Providenciales is highly scenic and flies over the spectacular Chalk Sound National Park.

Taxis and cars (both private and rental) are the only forms of ground transportation from the airport.

Taxis are available directly outside the baggage claim area. We advise you to confirm your fare (total for all passengers) before setting off. There are fixed fares as set in the ordinance (and often posted by other information sources), but these are not always respected.

We recommend that most visitors rent a car because of the lack of public transportation. Find out more at Getting Around Providenciales, Providenciales Car Rentals, and Driving in the Turks and Caicos. See Providenciales Taxis for more information on taxis fares, stands and availability.

Some accommodations, such as vacation rental villas, offer complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off.

Immigration and Customs

You'll need to clear immigration and collect your baggage before proceeding through customs. Unlike in some other Caribbean airports (such as Nassau), there are no pre-clearance facilities operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for U.S. Nationals returning home.

The Providenciales International Airport is a relatively small facility, and only has one baggage carousel. During typical conditions, there isn’t much of a wait for luggage, and custom is efficient as well.

Luggage carts ($5 usage fee) and porters are onsite.

Parking

Parking fees are on par with major international airports such as London Heathrow and Miami International Airprort. It is illegal to leave cars unattended at the curbside.

The small car park is located a short distance from the terminal, which does become full at times. As usual, don't leave any valuables in your car as there isn't security personnel at the car park.

The Providenciales Airport Authority has recently begun the practice of towing and clamping improperly-parked vehicles. We advise against leaving a car unattended for any length of time outside of the car park.

Parking Fees

Hour (or part)$2.00
Day$25.00
Week$175.00

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