On the first day of resumption of international commercial flight operations in Turks and Caicos Islands, the country welcomed two American Airlines flights, and 18 private jets through the two private Jet Centers, Provo Air Center and Blue Heron.
Turks and Caicos Islands’ Premier Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and other government officials, together with members of the press were present at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) to welcome the first scheduled flight.
American Airlines flight 1279 from Miami was the first to arrive around mid-day and was greeted by a water cannon salute from the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority fire crew.
Passengers, staff and welcoming party were all wearing the now mandatory face masks and practiced physical distancing in what is described as the ‘new normal’.
Prior to travel, passengers are required to provide a NEGATIVE COVID-19 PCR test result submitted via the newly created TCI Assured portal.
In preparation for the arrival of tourists, resorts and businesses across the island had to be certified as having met public health standards for safety as part of the their TCI Assured program.
Prior to the arrival of the first American Airlines flight, President of the Turks and Caicos Islands Christian Council Bishop Bryant Cox led a prayer service in the heart of the airport.
In the coming days, more operations are expected as carriers ramp up their operations.