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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.
The Providenciales Airport IATA Code is PLS, the ICAO Code MBPV.
|Providenciales International Airport Facts|
|Airport Code||IATA: PLS, ICAO: MBPV|
|Runway Length||9,199 feet (2,804 meters)|
|Elevation||15 feet (5 meters)|
|Clearance Status||International Entry|
|Car Parking||$2 per hour, $25 per day|
The bulk of international passengers arrive 2 hours before departure. If you arrive 10-15 minutes before this, the lines will be significantly shorter.
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.
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.
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.
The departure lounge is covered by a complimentary Flow WiFi hot spot. Unfortunately, the connection doesn't always function, and is often poor when it is operational.
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.
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.
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.
Grace Bay is the home to the majority of resorts, hotels, and restaurants on Providenciales. This region of Providenciales is about a ten minute journey by car from the airport.
In the case of visitors picking up a rental car at the airport (recommended), it’s not difficult finding Grace Bay. Simply follow Leeward Highway from the Downtown area to its conclusion at the Gateway to Grace Bay roundabout, and follow the short Allegro Road to the centre of Grace Bay.
Taxi fares for two people typically cost $28-34. Be aware that taxis may multiply the fare by the number of passengers, and we advise clarifying the total rate for your party before embarking.
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.
|Hour (or part)||$2.00|
For information on travelling by private plane, see Turks and Caicos FBOs and Private Planes.
There are two FBOs on Providenciales, and these full service facilities cater to luxury and commercial aviation.