The Turks and Caicos welcomes arrivals from over ten countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Antigua, Puerto Rico, and the British Virgin Islands.
For arrivals from other destinations, travellers will typically connect through a major United States east coast city such as Miami, New York, or Charlotte.
British Airways operates the only trans-Atlantic flights, with a Thursday and Sunday service from London Gatwick (LGW), which has a one hour layover in Antigua.
Direct flights are offered from 11 North American cities, including Washington DC, New York, Miami, and Toronto.
Flights to neighbouring Caribbean countries have historically been expensive due to limited demand, yet prices have fallen in recent years and additional routes have been added. Frequent flights are now offered to the Bahamas, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
The Turks and Caicos Islands Government runway expansion project for the
Providenciales International Airport was completed in 2012 in a bid to attract new transatlantic flights from the United Kingdom and Europe, yet as of 2017, the only additional route added was a second British Airways flight to London.
Airliner approaching Providenciales International Airport.
All international flights arrive on Providenciales, and if you’re staying on one of our outer islands, it will be necessary to take a domestic flight or ferry for the final connection to your island destination.
North and Middle Caicos
If you’re staying on the islands of North and Middle Caicos, the passenger ferry service (30 minutes) is the only regular service, and operates several times per day. If you’d prefer to fly, it’s easy to arrange a charter flight with our local airlines, yet be aware that cost may be prohibited for small groups.
For South Caicos, both flights (15 minutes) and a ferry service (90 minutes) is available. Be aware that there isn’t much of a cost difference between the two options, so the flight may be the better choice for those without large amounts of luggage.
Grand Turk and Salt Cay
For Grand Turk and Salt Cay, the only option is a domestic flight. There are several flights between Providenciales and Grand Turk daily. The schedule to and from Salt Cay is more limited.
Generally, JetBlue offers some of the cheapest flights from the United States, on their Fort Lauderdale to Providenciales route.
Aircraft, Seats and Airline Classes
American Airlines uses a range of aircraft, although it's typically an Airbus A319 or Boeing 738. Power sockets and features vary by aircraft used. Many American flights have only Economy and Business Classes (and not their new Premium Economy and First Class). JetBlue typically uses an Embraer E190 for flights to the east coast in the United States.
British Airways on the London - Providenciales route uses a three-class Boeing 777 aircraft.
Most flights feature a business class, and the American and British Airways flights also include first-class.
Other than watching for specials and promotions from the airlines, there are a few other ways to get a cheap flight and your save on your trip price.
The top method is to book your vacation and flights to Turks and Caicos when there’s less demand and more availability. Like many tourism destinations, the Turks and Caicos experiences normal fluctuations in visitor arrivals, with the winter months being the “high season, and the late summer and autumn “low season” seeing the lowest activity. You’ll typically save a significant amount on
accommodation, flights, and
car rental if you book outside of the peak tourism times. See
Best Times to Visit the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Another way to find flight deals is to connect through and make the final leg of the journey from the smaller US cities such as Fort Lauderdale, where lower airport costs reduce the airfare.
It’s possible to find deals on flight and
hotel or resortvacation packages. If what’s included in the deal is what you’re looking for, they may make sense. Keep in mind that with a bit of online research, you may be able to match or do better by booking separately.
As is usual for most destinations, round-trip fares can be almost the same cost as a one-way fare.
Some of the resorts include a complimentary airport shuttle, although this is typically not the case.
Taxis are available right outside the arrivals hall, although we recommend that visitors consider
renting a car for their stay.