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.
2 star rating for Providenciales International Airport (PLS) by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
The departure lounge is covered by a complimentary LIME WiFi hot spot. Unfortunately, the connection is rarely functional.
Shopping and Eating
Before the security checkpoint, there is a gift shop and a Gilley's restaurant. After the security checkpoint is a bar, a duty-free jewelry shop, and three gift stores.
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
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.
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.
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.