Home to the main airport in Turks and Caicos, Providenciales is the point of arrival for the majority of tourists who visit the country. From here, there is the option to continue on to your next destination or stay right on the island which is a popular destination in its own right.
The Grace Bay, Blue Hills, and Five Cays. Visitors heading to these well-known names and many other destinations in Turks and Caicos can get to the Provo Air Strip from countries around the world thanks to regular services hosted by such huge names in the air travel game as , , and . Miami, New York, and Montreal are the major hubs which often have direct flights to Providenciales, which means if you live too far away from these cities to drive you'll have to plan a connecting flight. A probable layover doesn't deter too many tourists from making the trip and over 12,000 commercial operations occur at this airport each year.(PLS), which is more commonly referred to as the Provo Air Center, is located on the south coast of the island just moments away from major tourist hot spots like
If you live in the states the following list may be useful. Not all of the flights you will be shown on line make a lot of sense so it's useful to know which airlines fly directly to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
This chart displays airlines that have direct service from Canadian locations.
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
In addition to international travel, Provo Air Center is the hub for all domestic air travel as well. From this airport you can get to Cockburn Town on Grand Turk (opening up more options for flights within the country) and Salt Cay with local carriers and . These two airlines also offer flights to nearby Caribbean countries such as the Dominican Republic and , so you can be on the lookout for a good deal if island-hopping is in your vacation plan.
Check below for a complete list of air service from other airports in the Caribbean. Even if there are no flights from an airport near you, connecting through another regional airport might prove to be a great option.
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||British Airways|
|Cockburn Town, Grand Turk||GDT||Caicos Express Airways, Intercaribbean Airways|
|Dominican Republic||POP||Intercaribbean Airways|
|Dominican Republic||SDQ||Intercaribbean Airways|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||Intercaribbean Airways|
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||Bahamasair, British Airways, Intercaribbean Airways|
|Salt Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands||SLX||Caicos Express Airways|
|Santiago De Los Caballeros, The Dominican Republic||STI||Intercaribbean Airways|
|South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands||XSC||Intercaribbean Airways|
International travelers will need to present a passport in order to obtain entry to Providenciales– unless of course they are from Canada. Canadian citizens need an original or notarized copy of their birth certificate and a government issued ID. If you are staying for less than three months you can enter without a visa, but anyone staying longer should contact their local embassy.
Buses do not run from the airport and the nearest stop is too far away for those hauling luggage to consider it a feasible option. This makes taxis and rental cars the best way to get to your accommodations from Provo Air Center.
Providenciales is the easiest island to fly to in Turks and Caicos, and even if you don't plan to stay here full time you'll probably make a stop at the local airport along the way. Fortunately, the airport is known for its smooth operations, and you can make things go even better by knowing what to expect in advance of your flight.
If you are serious about an air charter, you can contact one of these regional agencies:
|(649) 941-5730||Providenciales International Airport - Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
|(649) 331-3404||Providenciales International Airport - Five Cays Settlements||Providenciales|
|(242) 432-2024||Spring Point Airport - Acklins Island||Acklins Island|
|(242) 464-8093||Crooked Island Airfield - Crooked Island||Crooked Island|
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