Short guide to the top 3 airports in Jamaica

Ocho Rios beach, Jamaica

Ocho Rios ©beach 04deveni/Flickr

Jamaica is one of the coolest destinations in the whole Caribbean; it is exotic, it is beautiful, it has got nice people, the perfect beach vacation spot. Although the high travel season lasts roughly from mid-December to mid-April, with its always mild weather the island is becoming more of a year round destination.

As you will probably go there by flight, so here is a short guide to the top 3 airports in Jamaica to help you out. Now you only need some cheap tickets to one of them and you can depart to a most perfect Caribbean getaway.

Norman Manley International Airport (KIN)

Norman Manley Intl Airport, Kingston

Kingston airport ©dubdem sound system/Flickr

Named after Norman Washington Manley, a Jamaican national hero, Norman Manley International Airport (IATA code ‘KIN’), serves the country’s capital, Kingston. You can easily find tour operators, taxis and car rentals at the Ground Transportation and Arrivals Hall of the airport, but you can also find means to get to Kingston’s domestic airport, in case you are heading to another part of the island.

Over 130 flights depart from Norman Manley Intl every week as the airport is a hub for Caribbean Airlines and Skylan Airways. KIN airport is also served by numerous other airlines, such as American Airlines, WestJet, Spirit Airlines, Air Canada and many others.

Sangster International Airport (MBJ)

Caribbean Airlines plane at Montego Bay Airport

Caribbean Airlines plane at MJB ©dubdem sound system/Flickr

The airport primarily serves the Montego Bay, but it is also the main entry spot for visitors going to Negril or Port Antonio. Nearly 40 airlines operate flights from and to Sangster International Airport, Delta, JetBlue, US Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic being only some of them.

The largest of the top 3 airports in Jamaica has got several international terminals as travelers from abroad make up more than 90% of the total number of passengers. Two taxi companies can be found at the airport, both right in front of Customs exit. Car rentals (Avis, Thrifty, Budget and more) can be found at Arrivals Hall as well as Ground Transportation.

Ian Fleming International Airport (OCJ)

Ocho Rios beach, Jamaica

Ocho Rios beach ©04deveni/Flickr

Formerly known as Boscobel Intl, Ian Fleming International Airport is in the heart of the Ocho Rios resort area. It is a smaller airport with one terminal and is served only by the Kingston based airline company, Jamaica Air Shuttle that operates flights to the United States as well as to other domestic airports like Kingston – Tinson Pen and Montego Bay airport.


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