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Delta Airlines is making it easier to skip out on the midwest’s freezing temps with their brand new non-stop weekly service from Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) to Providenciales (PLS) in Turks and Caicos. The new flight made its inaugural flight to the Howard Hamilton International Airport with 125 passengers on board on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, and was welcomed with the traditional water cannon salute.

U.S. tourists contribute the largest share of inbound travelers to the Turks & Caicos, so this is good news indeed for the island’s tourism industry. In a press statement, Minister of Tourism Josephine Connolly said: “With the Minneapolis-Saint Paul gateway, we are targeting the affluent and lifestyle luxury travellers from feeder markets such as Fargo and Minot in North Dakota and Omaha, Nebraska. As a luxury destination, we are thrilled to have direct access to Minneapolis which provides increased visitation and spend in our multi-island destination during the winter season. Experience Turks and Caicos will be using marketing intelligence data to increase visitation from the luxury lifestyle and affluent travelers to grow visitation from the mid-west United States and increase the frequency of the Delta non-stop service to the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The New Delta Flight’s Saturday Service

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Members of the TCIAA pose with the captain and crew of the inaugural Delta flight from Minneapolis. (Photo by Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority)

The new nonstop flights depart weekly every Saturday from MSP at 3:57 p.m. and arrive in Providenciales at 8:10 p.m. Departures from Providenciales are at 9:00 a.m., with arrival in MSP at 2:36 p.m. Service is scheduled through April 6, 2024, and the airline is deploying its Boeing 737-800 aircraft with a capacity of 186 seats, including 16 in first class.

Minneapolis-St Paul now joins several other Midwestern cities connecting to the Turks and Caicos, including Cleveland, Ohio; Merton in Wisconsin; Brandon, South Dakota; and Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. Delta Airlines currently operates seasonal service from New York City and year-round service from Atlanta to Providenciales.

The two groups of islands known as the Turks and Caicos are home to beautiful white sand beaches, and Providenciales is home to numerous luxury hotels, resorts, villas, spas, and restaurants, as well as the stunning Grace Bay Beach. Cruise lines that call at Grand Turk include Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Costa Cruises and Marella Cruises.

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