Airports in Jamaica are the first place many visitors experience the welcoming Caribbean island. Dozens of airlines operate flights to Jamaica, landing at one of three international airports in Kingston, Montego Bay, and Ocho Rios. After packing up and leaving home, millions of vacationers stepp onto a plane at their home airport. Some transfer to flights in Atlanta or Miami, while others take a direct flight. The island’s airports also provide quick connections to Jamaica’s cities without the hassle of renting a car or stepping on a bus. Whatever your plans, it’s helpful to know that Jamaica’s major airports are there to help make vacations go smoothly.
Sangster International Airport Montego Bay
Sangster International Airport Montego Bay Image: Sweetsop (flickr)
Every year, some 40,000 airplanes and 3.3 million passengers arrive at the Sangster International Airport, code MBJ, Jamaica’s busiest airport. Located just to the east of the vacation paradise of Montego Bay, Sangster International is one of the most modern and well-equipped airports in the Caribbean—named for a prime minister of Jamaica. The airport serves as a gateway to the beach towns on the northern shores of the island, including Negril and Ocho Rios. Besides the international terminal, Montego Bay’s airport has a second terminal that hosts regular on-island flights to the other airports in Jamaica. The Sangster airport has many features to make life easier for passengers once they arrive, including easy access to ground transportation, duty-free shopping, and dining options.
Norman Manley International Airport Kingston
Norman Manley International Airport Kingston Image: dubdem sound system (flickr)
The second busiest of the airports in Jamaica is the Norman Manley International Airport Kingston. The capital city’s airport was named for the scholar and lawyer who led the charge for voting rights for all of Jamaica’s citizens. The airport, code KIN, serves as the hub for Air Jamaica and might be one of the most scenic in all of the Caribbean. It’s nestled between the Kingston Harbour and the Caribbean Sea, and some of Kingston’s beach-goers head to the shore just to watch the airplanes land. Since the early 2000s, the airport has undergone millions of dollars of renovations making it more modern and convenient for passengers. Some of the newer perks include WiFi in the waiting areas, new shops, and a host of restaurants and fast food venues.
Ian Fleming International Airport
Located near Ocho Rios, home to many of Jamaica’s resorts, the Ian Fleming International Airport is a great place to begin a trip to the north coast of island. The newest of the Jamaica airports, the airport is named for the author and creator of James Bond who spent many summers nearby. Small crafts are right at home here, although some bigger international flights do arrive in Ocho Rios. Several taxis are at the ready, waiting to take passengers to their vacation destinations.
Jamaica Airport Transfers
Whether you fly into Kingston or one of the other Jamaica cities, it won’t be difficult to get to your destination. Many of the Jamaica hotels offer free shuttles for their guests, making it easy to enjoy a vacation without having to drive a mile. Of course if want to drive, all of the airports have car rental desks, to go along with access to public transportation and shuttles.