A change to the use or classification of airspace in the Turks and Caicos Islands can take many forms and may be simple and straightforward to implement with little noticeable operational or environmental impact. Conversely, a change may be complex and involve significant alterations to existing airspace arrangements and impact upon the carious airspace user groups and the general public
Changes to the use or classification of airspace in the Turks and Caicos Islands are managed in accordance with the Airspace Charter and under the Airspace Change Process. The TCICAA Guidance on the Application of the Airspace Change Process provides the detail on the processes by which changes to the dimensions, classification or use of TCI airspace is carried out.
When considering any airspace change the TCICAA must satisfy itself that the change:
- Ensure the most efficient use of airspace.
- Satisfy the requirements of all airspace users.
- Take account of the interests of any person in relation to the use of any particular portion of airspace or the use of airspace generally.
- Comply with the Government's policy on sustainable development.
- Comply with the Government's policy on reducing, controlling and mitigating the impacts of civil aviation on the environment.
- Consider the annoyance and disturbance caused to the general public arising from the noises, vibrations and emissions from aircraft engines.
- Comply with Government policies on the future development of air transport and have due regard for the NATS (En-route) Licence.