Celebrating 100 Years of Commercial Flight

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands; Thursday, February 27th , 2014- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is celebrating 100 years of commercial aviation. This year, 2014 marks a century of commercial flights in the airline industry. All stakeholders were invited to join the celebration and encourage conversation on the future of aviation in their region and industry.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority has taken this opportunity to join in on these festivities by featuring their Terminal Expansion Project and its progress with you the adoring public. More importantly we have decided to make available one portion of the terminal expansion by making the new Check In area open to the public for use. This $10 million expansion project has earned much attention not only here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, but in the wider world, as it will be one of the first Caribbean counties that will have a fully functioning multiuse check in kiosks complete with bag tag printing system.

Over 60% of the construction works have been completed to date. The Expansion is well in its second phase of construction which highlights the construction of new domestic bathrooms, demolition of the old domestic bathrooms, the extension of the international check in area, extension of the Security Check Point, the Departure Lounge and the Arrivals Hall. It must be noted that phases of construction overlap as care has to be taken to minimise disruption of passenger flows.

The new Check In area has been made available in a raw state, as construction works will have to continue after its opening. The raw concrete floors will have to be levelled with the old structure before tiling can take place. This will be an ongoing venture in the evening to minimise construction in high traffic areas. Persons will be able to drop off passengers in front of the terminal and go directly into check in. The roadway has been widened to accommodate passenger traffic, whilst the construction fence will remain in the Domestic and Arrivals area to continue construction works. The passenger tunnel that connects Arrivals to the Check In area will be demolished in approximately one week to facilitate the build out of offices in the Arrivals area. All persons will be redirected to the tent area through a new tunnel at the Arrivals exit. The TCIAA endeavours to maintain the safety and security of passenger whilst constructing a world class facility that will be available for full operation by winter 2014.

The terminal expansion project at Providenciales International Airport is a part of a much bigger picture that is worthy of celebration. This 100 year celebration highlights the aviation industries achievements that began in 1914 that started with a single flight that connected two cities and has grown to having over 40,000 cities connected worldwide. The airline industry can boost on carrying over 3 billion passengers and over 50 million tonnes of cargo in average in a given year. This booming industry supports over 56.6 million jobs and promotes the circulation of over $2.2 trillion in economic activity. With those impressive facts there is no wonder why the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority is taking time out to join the celebration of commercial aviation.