You step out of the airplane doors in Providenciales (Turks and Caicos Airport Code: PLS). You immediately squint your eyes. The adjustment to the light is quick as the sun warms your face. You smile, knowing your vacation is starting soon.
Yet, from here, depending on where your traveling in Turks and Caicos, you may need to hop on a smaller airplane.
The Providenciales International Airport is where the majority or tourists start their visit. But many island hop. Maybe you're one of them.
The Turks and Caicos Islands are an archipelago. This means that there are several islands that make up what we call the territory we call the Turks and Caicos.
There are 40 islands in the Turks and Caicos. Eight of those islands have airports. That means they need to know more than one Turks and Caicos airport code.
There are actually two internation airports in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Yet, only one has international flights arriving on a regular schedule.
That airport is the Providenciales International Airport. The Turks and Caicos Airport Code here is PLS.
It's simple to see how they came up with this code.
The next 'international' airport is Grand Turk JAGS McCartney International Airport. It doesn't have regular international traffic.
It is the only airport on the island of Grand Turk.
To get here, you're going to be looking for the Turks and Caicos Airport code of GDT.
Most of the incoming flights are island hoppers from PLS and headed to places like Salt Cay or South Caicos.
You can see how they arrived at that that code:
GranD Turk jags mccartney international airport