Trinidad & Tobago

Country Profile

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
(Republic of Trinidad and Tobago)

Key Facts

Date of Independence:
31 August 1962
Capital City:
Port of Spain
Total Area Ranking:
174 of 236 in the World
Population Size Ranking:
152 of 242 in the World

The Country


The two-island state of Trinidad and Tobago lies in the Caribbean Sea, at its closest point only 12 km (7.2 miles) from the northeast coast of Venezuela. Trinidad and Tobago are the most southern of the Caribbean islands, Tobago lying 31 km (18,6 miles) to the northeast of its larger neighbour.
Trinidad has an area of 4,821 km² ,Tobago 303 km². The forested Northern Range, which stretches along the north coast of Trinidad, rises to 940m (El Cerro de Aripo).

The islands are located between 60° to 62° western geographic longitude and 10° to 12° northern geographic latitude and has an area of 5,124 square kilometres (1,978 square miles). The latitude and longitude of the capital, Port of Spain (Trinidad), are about 61°30′ W and 10°40′ N.

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National History

Summary Narrative History

Timeline – Key Dates in Trinidad and Tobago History

Further National Information

BBC News Profile: Trinidad and Tobago
World Travel Guide – Caribbean – Trinidad and Tobago
wikipedia: Tobago and Tobago
wikipedia: History of Trinidad and Tobago


Text to be added on the development of aviation in Trinidad & Tobago.


Civil Aircraft Registrations

The registration prefix ‘VP-T’ was used from 1931 to 1965; eg:VP-TAA to VP-TZZ.
The registration prefix ‘9Y-‘ is used from 1965 to present; eg:9Y-AAA to 9Y-ZZZ.

All-time Trinidad Tobago – civil aircraft register (VP-Taa 9Y-aaa).
[Get involved with the Aeroflight Cloud.]

Aircraft Operators

Military Air Arms

Air Guard (Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard)

Central Government Agencies

Government Aviation – VIP transport is provided by chartered commercial operators
Coast Guard Aviation (Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard) – the Air Guard was originally a Coast Guard unit, but was separated from the TTCG in 1977.
National Security Operations Centre
Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago (2003-2011)
National Helicopter Service Ltd

Public Service Aviation

Medical Aviation – helicopter medical rescue services are provided by the Air Guard
Police Aviation (Police Service – Air Support Unit)

Commercial Aviation

British West Indies Airways
Air Caribbean

wikipedia: Airlines of Trinidad and Tobago
The World’s Airlines: Tinidad & Tobago

Private Aviation

To be added


Aircraft Manufacturers

None at present

Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots

None known.


Civil Airports & Airfields

Port of Spain / Trinidad Island / Piarco IAP (IATA code: POS)
Scarborough / Tobago Island / Crown Point IAP (IATA code: TAB)
Airports in Trinidad and Tobago

Military Air Bases & Airfields

Military Air Bases Listing

On Show

Aviation Museums

Chaguaramas Military History and Aerospace Museum, Trinidad

Airshow Dates:
Key Airshow Dates

More Information

Aviation-Related Magazines

None at present.

Aviation Bibliography

Central American and Caribbean Air Forces (Daniel Hagedorn)
Armed Forces of Latin America (Adrian English)
Latin-American Military Aviation (John Andrade)
World Air Forces Directory (Ian Carroll)
Military Balance (IISS)
World Air Power Journal 32, p.156

Web Links

Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force

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