Providenciales International Airport

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International Airport
Providenciales Airport.jpg
OperatorTurks & Caicos Islands Airports Authority
LocationProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Hub for
Elevation AMSL15 ft / 5 m
Coordinates21°46′25″N 72°15′57″W / 21.77361°N 72.26583°W / 21.77361; -72.26583Coordinates: 21°46′25″N 72°15′57″W / 21.77361°N 72.26583°W / 21.77361; -72.26583
PLS/MBPV is located in Turks and Caicos Islands
Location in Providenciales
Direction Length Surface
m ft
10/28 2,804 9,199 Asphalt
Statistics (2016-2017)
Source: DAFIF[1][2]

Providenciales International Airport (IATA: PLS, ICAO: MBPV), on the island of Providenciales in the Caicos Islands, is the main international airport serving the Turks and Caicos Islands, a British Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom. It is operated by Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA). The territory's other international airport is JAGS McCartney International Airport on Grand Turk Island. Currently, there are more than 12,000 commercial aircraft operations per year.

Check-in area


The airport is at an elevation of 15 ft (5 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 10/28 with an asphalt surface measuring 2,807 m × 45 m (9,209 ft × 148 ft).[1][3] There were plans for the TCIAA to either extend or build a new terminal after having recently completed the extension of the runway, which currently stands at 2,807 m (9,209 ft) long. This project has now been completed and the renovation was finished by December 2014.[4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Air Canada Toronto–Pearson
Air Canada Rouge Montréal–Trudeau
American Airlines Charlotte, Miami, New York–JFK (begins June 5, 2021)
Seasonal: Boston, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia
American Eagle Seasonal: Miami
Bahamasair Nassau
British Airways Antigua, London–Gatwick
Seasonal: London–Heathrow, Nassau (both resume 6 May 2021, end 3 October 2021)
Caicos Express Airways Cap-Haïtien, Grand Turk, Port-au-Prince, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, South Caicos
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: New York–JFK
InterCaribbean Airways Cap-Haïtien, Grand Turk, Kingston–Norman Manley, Nassau, Port-au-Prince, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo–Las Américas, South Caicos
JetBlue Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–JFK
Seasonal: Boston
SkyBahamas Airlines Freeport
Sunrise Airways Cap-Haïtien
United Airlines Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Houston–Intercontinental, Washington–Dulles
WestJet Toronto–Pearson

Locally-based air carriers interCaribbean Airways and Caicos Express Airways both currently operate respective hubs at the Providenciales International Airport.[6][7]


Ameriflight Santiago de los Caballeros
Contract Air Cargo Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros
IBC Airways Miami
Skyway Enterprises Santiago de los Caballeros

Historical passenger airline service[edit]

  • Air Florida was operating nonstop jet service to Miami (MIA) in 1984.[8]
  • By 1985, Providenciales was being served by Cayman Airways with nonstop service to Miami being operated once a week with Boeing 727-200 jetliners[9] as well as by Atlantic Gulf Airlines which was flying British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven service nonstop to Miami and also direct to MIA via a stop in Grand Turk.[10]
  • Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) was also serving the airport in 1985 with Boeing 727-200 jet service nonstop to Miami twice a week.[11] The next year in 1986 British Caribbean Airways was operating nonstop service to Miami flown with a British Aerospace BAe 146-100 jet as part of its Tortola, British Virgin Islands - Providenciales - Miami route. In 1987, Pan Am was flying a "triangle" routing of Miami - Grand Turk - Providenciales - Miami four days a week with a Boeing 727,[12] and in 1989 Pan Am was operating three nonstop flights a week to Miami with Boeing 727-200 jets.[13] By 1991, Pan Am had increased its service to four Boeing 727-200 flights a week nonstop to Miami while at the same time Cayman Airways was operating two nonstop flights a week to Miami with Boeing 737-200 jets.[14]
  • In 1993 Carnival Air Lines was operating two nonstop flights a week to Miami with Boeing jetliners.[15]
  • American Airlines was serving the airport by 1994 with a single daily nonstop Boeing 757-200 flight from Miami while at the same time Turks and Caicos Airways Ltd., which was based in nearby Grand Turk, was operating Boeing 737-200 service from Miami five days a week either nonstop or via a stop in Grand Turk.[16] Three airlines were operating nonstop flights to Miami in early 1995: American was continuing to serve Providenciales with a daily Boeing 727-200 nonstop flight plus a Saturday only Boeing 727-200 nonstop, Turks and Caicos Airways was flying nonstop with a Boeing 737-200 four days a week and Gray Line Air was operating nonstop Convair 580 turboprop service nine times a week.[17] In 1999, American was operating daily nonstop Boeing 727-200 service to Miami while at the same time Bahamasair was operating nonstop Boeing 737-200 flights to both Miami and Nassau twice a week.[18] By 2001, American was operating three daily nonstop flights to Miami with Boeing 737-800 aircraft and was also flying a Saturday only nonstop to New York John F. Kennedy Airport with a Boeing 737-800.[19]

Currently, the largest aircraft type serving the airport on a scheduled basis is the wide-body Boeing 777-200 operated by British Airways with direct flights twice a week to London Gatwick Airport via an intermediate stop in Antigua.[20][21]


  1. ^ a b Airport information for MBPV at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
  2. ^ Airport information for PLS at Great Circle Mapper. Source: DAFIF (effective October 2006).
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Providenciales Airport Expansion Update". Turks and Caicos Tourism Official Website. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Terminal Redevelopment Readies Providenciales Int'l for More Island Visitors | Airport Improvement Magazine". Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  6. ^
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  8. ^, Jan. 15, 1984 Air Florida route map
  9. ^, Feb. 15, 1985 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Miami flight schedules
  10. ^, Nov. 1, 1985 Atlantic Gulf Airlines route map
  11. ^, Oct. 27, 1985, Pan Am system timetable
  12. ^, Feb. 1, 1987 Pan Am system timetable
  13. ^, Dec. 15, 1989 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Miami flight schedules
  14. ^, Oct. 1, 1991, Official Airline Guide (OAG), Miami flight schedules
  15. ^, Nov. 16, 1993 Carnival Air Lines system timetable
  16. ^ Sept. 15, 1994 Official Airline Guide (OAG) Desktop Flight Guide, North American Edition, Providenciales flight schedules
  17. ^ Jan. 1, 1995 Official Airline Guide (OAG) Pocket Flight Guide, North American Edition, Miami flight schedules
  18. ^, June 1, 1999 Official Airline Guide (OAG), Miami & Nassau flight schedules
  19. ^, April 2, 2001 American Airlines system timetable
  20. ^ "Book Flights, Holidays & Check In Online - British Airways".
  21. ^ "British Airways Increasing Service to Turks and Caicos Islands". 5 March 2015.

External links[edit]

Media related to Providenciales Airport at Wikimedia Commons