Providenciales International Airport (PLS) officially opened the doors to its expanded terminal building on Monday 29th December, 2014. The gateway to the Turks & Caicos Islands which sees an ever growing number of passengers from all corners of the globe, began the terminal redevelopment project in March of 2013.
Premier, Hon. Dr. Rufus Ewing and Minister of Finance Hon. Charles Washington Misick were on hand to cut the ribbon and unveil the plaque to the renovated terminal. Other Government Officials and members from the business community were also present to celebrate the significant milestone in both the Tourism and Aviation industries.
The terminal facility underwent a $10 million redevelopment (phase 2), which followed expansion works on the airside (phase 1) to the tune of $40 million. Phase 1 included the runway extension from 7,600 feet to 9,200 feet and the expansion of aircraft parking apron by a total of 70,000 square meters.
The new terminal building, which has been doubled in size, features an open air concept allowing for an eco-friendly domestic and international check-in areas.
The international check-in hall includes 15 shared self-check-in kiosks with expansion capability to 48 units. The 32 airline check-in counters are based on a multi-use platform whereby any airline can log in to use the available space.
A new Bose passenger addressing system has been installed to make concise and clear announcements to all travelers.
The new 3,090-square-foot security checkpoint hall is now fully enclosed and air conditioned to process passengers in comfort. Two state-of-the-art walk through metal detectors have been put in place to accompany each baggage scanning machine to process passengers faster.
The international departure Lounge has been expanded and includes three areas with seating capacity of approximately 700. The lower level departure lounge hosts an abundance of retailers including a food court with two units. The open air Sky Lounge is complete with the Oasis Bar, and the new fully air conditioned upper departure lounge comes with retail units including a bar.
Amongst the other new features at the Providenciales International Airport are a new road traffic circulation system; new car parking lot to accommodate more than 300 cars (from the previous 125); expanded immigration hall to 8,230 square feet; and two arrival hall luggage carousels.
Designed by local architectural firm RBS Architects and constructed by Dolmen Construction, the terminal expresses a feel of modern simplicity with the use of natural curved glulam beams that seamlessly glides and merges with the old terminal building.
CEO, John Smith in a comment said that “After many years of planning and several challenges faced, we finally were able to obtain the necessary approvals to extend the existing terminal to handle the increasing capacity and short term growth.” He further added “provisions remain for the construction of a separate much larger terminal, as a part of the Master Plan. I sincerely thank the stakeholders who supported us and the passengers who were very understanding during the construction phase and the discomfort it brought. Without the support of the Board of Directors, Executive Team and staff this task would have been even more challenging.”