Commercial flights to the Turks and Caicos resumes
American Airlines became the first North-American company to resume commercial flight operations to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) when it landed at the Providenciales International Airport today.
The TCI officially reopened its borders today after they were closed on March 24.
Flight AA1279 arrived from the Miami International Airport at 12:35 pm local time. It was the first of two commercial flights scheduled to land at the Providenciales International Airport, according to TCI Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson.
“We welcome our Partners at American Airlines. We Welcome You All to our Beautiful By Nature Turks and Caicos!” Cartwright-Robinson said in a Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Edwin Astwood responded to critics of the Government’s decision to reopen saying “we will never have a perfect day to reopen the country.”
Coronavirus cases in the TCI’s major tourism source market, the USA, continues to break records for new infections daily.
But Astwood said postponing the reopening will have a negative impact on the livelyhoods of residents.
He noted “there is a risk for everything and we have to go and look at how best we can cope with COVID-19 now.”
Everyone coming to the Turks and Caicos must present a negative COVID-19 test result that was taken within five days before travel.
There are 58 active COVID-19 cases on the Turks and Caicos Islands.