PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (POS) INFORMATION
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Piarco International AirportGolden Grove Rd, Piarco, Trinidad & Tobago
Facts and History about Piarco International Airport
Piarco International Airport (IATA: POS, ICAO: TTPP) is serving the island of Trinidad and is one of two international airports in Trinidad and Tobago.
Located about 30 kilometers east of Port of Spain, it is one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean.
The airport is also the primary hub and operating base for the country's national airline, as well as the Caribbean's largest airline, Caribbean Airlines.
It has direct flights to destinations in the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, and Europe.
Piarco International Airport sits 18 meters above sea level at 10°35′43″N and 061°20′14″W.
History of Piarco International Airport
Since 1931, Piarco International Airport has been the major air transportation facility serving Trinidad and Tobago and the southern Caribbean.
The growth and predominance of Piarco as an aviation center in the Caribbean is inextricably linked to the rich and colorful aviation history of Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1913, about ten years after the Wright Brothers made their first flight by a man in an airplane, two Americans, Frank Boland and George Schmidt thrilled crowds at the Queen’s Park Savannah with their daring aviation skills.
The wealth of aviation expertise in Trinidad and Tobago was brought to the forefront during the First World War when many locals joined the British Royal Flying Corps and distinguished themselves in service.
The airport was used both as a transport airfield and also for anti-submarine patrol flights over the southern Caribbean. It was returned to civil control after the war ended.
After several decades of slow growth, a major expansion of the airport was finally completed in 2001, with the construction of a new terminal building, and high-speed taxiways.
The old airport building is currently used for cargo handling.
In December 2019, the European Union awarded the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago a grant of 1.5 million euros to finance the installation of a large-scale solar panel system at the Piarco International Airport.
In 2021, Piarco International Airport was named the best airport in the Caribbean and 3rd best in the Caribbean and Latin American Regions.
The terminal is a fully air-conditioned, smoke-free building, equipped to handle peak-hour passenger traffic of 1,500 processing passengers through a fully computerized immigration system.
The Customs Hall has four baggage/cargo carousels.
Transfer Services at Piarco International Airport
Piarco International Airport provides several modes of transportation for its customers.
Services to/from POS, including rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and buses are available in front of the terminal.
Rideshares and railway services are not available in Trinidad, but a ferry station is available in Port of Spain.
The distance to Port-of-Spain Ferry Terminal is approximately 30 kilometers.
A one-way taxi fare from Piarco Airport to the ferry terminal is around US$ 50.00.
Rental Car Services at Piarco International Airport
All Car Rental Counters are located at the exit of the Customs Halls at Piarco International Airport.
The airport is not particularly large and is efficiently designed, so you will find these offices easily, but there are also signs to direct you.
They are generally open 24/7, but operation hours may vary. Please inquire at your service provider for specific service hours and return procedures.
Please be sure to have your valid driving license, passport, and credit card ready to present at the counter. You will need them when signing the rental documents.
Plan and book your rental car as soon as possible ahead of your trip. Also, check with your rental car company to confirm your reservation ahead of your trip.
When ready to return your vehicle to the car rental center, remove all personal items before turning over the rented vehicle to the designated facility.
Allow plenty of time for your drive when returning the vehicle. If you’re not sure where to go, give the rental company a call. See and compare all rental car companies at Piarco International Airport.
When renting a vehicle, customers must abide by the Terms and Conditions of the rental company at all times.
Ride Shares at Piarco International Airport
Rideshares appear unavailable at this airport.
Taxis at Piarco International Airport
Upon exit from the Baggage Claim area, proceed to the Ground Transportation Center for your taxi.
A typical taxi fare from the airport to the downtown area would be around US$ 50.00
Keep a record of the cab company, vehicle number, and driver's name in case you leave something behind. See more information about taxis at Piarco International Airport.
Ferries at Piarco International Airport
The road distance from the airport to Port-of-Spain Ferry Terminal is approximately 30 kilometers.
The quickest way to get there is to taxi from the airport which costs less than US$50.00 and takes around 20 minutes. Further details about ferries and ferry services to and from Port-of-Spain Ferry Terminal and Port of Scarborough.
Buses at Piarco International Airport
Buses from the airport can take you downtown for TT$ 4.00. Follow signs to ground transportation in the direction of the bus stop at the airport. More information about buses to and from Piarco International Airport.
Hotel Shuttle at Piarco International Airport
Some hotels in the city may provide your party with a shuttle service. For convenience, please confirm with your local hotel if this service is available in your accommodation.
Shuttles pick up and drop passengers in front of the terminal.
Parking at Piarco International Airport
The airport provides several parking spaces for its customers. Passengers who want to park their car at the airport must ensure that they arrive earlier to have plenty of time to look for parking to avoid being late for their flight.
See more information about short and long term parking at Piarco International Airport.
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Wi-Fi at Piarco International Airport
Free Wi-Fi is available at Piarco Airport. The best signal points are near check-in, the Departure Lounge, and Customs Hall.
ATMs at Piarco International Airport
There are four ATMs throughout the Piarco (Trinidad) Airport.
The ATMs take Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express. Fees may apply.
Check the fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if traveling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans.
Currency Exchange at Piarco International Airport
There is one exchange office open from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM on the Landside West Wing ground floor of the Piarco Airport
Services at the center include selling travelers’ cheques and cash exchanges for local and foreign currencies.
Note: Currency exchange shops and kiosks in airports are not the best places to exchange money.
For the best rates, try a local bank or a bank ATM to make your currency exchanges.
Check if your bank offers foreign ATM fee refunds. Not all currency exchanges charge the same rate.
Additionally, consider withdrawing foreign currency from an ATM at your destination, preferably one that is affiliated with your bank to pay the lowest transaction fees.
Nursing Stations at Piarco International Airport
There are no designated areas for nursing mothers or special quarters for families traveling with children at the airport.
Nursing mothers who need some privacy may approach the Information Desk at the airport for assistance.
Restrooms at Piarco International Airport
Accessible restrooms and regular restrooms are throughout the airport.
Food and Beverages at Piarco International Airport
There are food and beverages shops throughout the airport terminals. Most food concessions operate on varying schedules.
Shopping at Piarco International Airport
There are several restaurants, cafés, and snack bars while waiting for your flight.
Smoking at Piarco International Airport
Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside the terminals. There are no smoking facilities inside the terminal.
When in the facility, please follow smoking regulations at all times
Lost and Found Section at Piarco International Airport
For items lost on the aircraft or at the gate area, please contact the respective airlines lost and found.
If you lost an item in any other area at the airport, including the security checkpoints and shuttle buses, please contact the Lost and Found Office at +1 868-669-2288.
Or you can also complete the Lost and Found process at the Airport Information Desk.
When leaving your details for lost items(s), please include your full name, contact details, phone, email, and a description of the item(s).
The airport will keep all lost and found items for a considerable time of at least 30 days. After said period, the property will be deemed abandoned.
Please talk to the airport representative at the counter.
Ticketing at Piarco International Airport
Please look for overhead signs pointing in the direction of ticketing areas at the terminals in front of the security checkpoint.
Each airline has its operating hours, but typically, airlines open their ticket counters two hours before departure time, even for early morning flights.
Contact the airline directly for fares, ticket purchases, and flight schedules.
Finally, consider the advantages of booking a flight ahead of time.
All information and ticket purchases can be done directly by the passenger or its representative on the website of your airline.
Information Desk at Piarco International Airport
Information desk officers can help you obtain valuable guidelines on flights, facilities, and travel options around Trinidad and Tobago.
Please follow the overhead signs to locate the Information Desk in the lobby.
Pet Relief at Piarco International Airport
Before deciding to fly with your pet to Trinidad, please check with the airline about any restrictions or special rules regarding carrying pets onboard a flight.
You must also verify whether any health certificates, documents, and/or quarantine are required in the destination country.
Pets must be carried in containers (kennels) that are strong enough to withstand breaking and prevent escape.
Pet owners have to respect the community rules regarding the movements of pet animals in enclosed public spaces.
All information about the necessary documents needed for your pet may be obtained from your airline.
Baggage Claim at Piarco International Airport
Please retrieve luggage at your designated Baggage Claim on the Ground Level of the terminal. Carts are available to assist passengers with special needs.
In the case of missing items, contact your respective airline or their airline ticket counter.
Lost or damaged luggage can be reported at the Lost and Found Office at +1 868-669-2288.
When leaving a message, include your name, email, contact phone number, and a brief description of the lost item(s).
Disabled Passengers at Piarco International Airport
This airport in Trinidad is fully accessible to passengers with special needs, and wheelchairs are allowed to the gates and aircraft doors.
Travelers with disabilities or medical needs who have questions about the policies or procedures at security checkpoints, please call +1 868-669-4880.
Additionally, they may notify the airline, travel agent, ticketing agent, flight attendant, or gate agent when carts, wheelchairs, or medical transportation is needed.
Book flights well in advance and call the airline directly to ensure that all disability-related needs will be met.
Politely ask for the name and position of each person you speak with and record this information in case you will need it for reference.
When possible, make arrangements for travel to and from airports, including transportation options to your final destination.
Make these arrangements well in advance to avoid frustration upon arrival and departure.
Arrive at the airport one hour earlier than advised. This will allow time for accommodations to be made and avoid delays through security.
Piarco International Airport Contacts
Address: Golden Grove Road, Piarco, Trinidad & Tobago
General Phone: +1 868-669-4880
General Email: email@example.com
Lost and Found Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost and Found Phone: +1 868-669-2288
Official Website: http://www.tntairports.com/
Drive on: Left
Plug: A, B
Currency: Trinidad & Tobago dollar, $, TT$
Wi-Fi at Airport: Free Wi-Fi is available at Piarco Airport. The best signal points are near check-in, the departure lounge, and the customs hall.
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