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Where do you fly into Jamaica?

where to fly into jamaica
by Aneisha Dobson, Associate Writer

When you think about Jamaica, your mind usually wanders off to beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches, scrumptious meals, Appleton rum and entertainment.

But, before you can actually start enjoying the luxuries, you obviously have to get to Jamaica, right?

And it is either via air or sea.

Although Caribbean cruises are very popular, the most common mode of transportation to Jamaica is by air.

In fact, in 2019, the last full year before Covid struck, 4,230,000 visitors came to Jamaica through flights, while 1,550,000 visited via cruise ship.

But, why do people prefer transportation via air? Well, air transportation is still the quickest medium of transportation.

But before you start booking your flight to the island paradise, you have to decide where you want to fly into Jamaica. This “where” refers to the port of entry.

When choosing the port of entry, several things must be considered. Among them include...

  1. Which part of Jamaica you plan to vacation.

    This is very important because you don’t want to book a hotel in Montego Bay and arrive in Jamaica through the Noman Manley International Airport (located in Kingston). This results in you having to spend extra for transportation cost, and

  2. The size of the aircraft.

    A smaller port of entry will not be able to accommodate a large-scale commercial aircraft.

But let’s get back to the question at hand...

Where do you fly into Jamaica?
Currently, there are three international airports available in Jamaica.

These are:

  1. Sir Donald Sangster International Airport
  2. Norman Manley International Airport
  3. Ian Fleming International Airport

Sir Donald Sangster International Airport

It’s not very surprising that the largest of the three airports can be found in the sun city, Montego Bay.

After all, Montego Bay is known to be a tourist magnet attracting people from all over the world. The airport was originally named the Montego Bay Airport; however, it was renamed after Jamaican Prime Minister Sir Donald Sangster.

The airport is so popular that, it is often referred to as the gateway to the Caribbean.

Due to its size, it is able to house a wide variety of airlines. This gives tourist a wide variety of airlines to choose from.

Which airlines flies to Montego Bay's Donald Sangster International Airport?
Here they are.

  1. AeroGal
  2. Aerogaviota
  3. Air Berlin
  4. Air Canada
  5. Air Canada Rouge
  6. Air Transat
  7. Allegiant Air
  8. American Airlines
  9. Arkefly
  10. Blue Panorama
  11. Canjet
  12. Caribbean Airlines
  13. Cayman Airways
  14. Condor
  15. Copa Airlines
  16. Delta Airlines
  17. Eurowings
  18. Frontier Airlines
  19. Jet Blue
  20. Neos
  21. Southwest Airlines
  22. Spirit Airlines
  23. Sun Country
  24. Sunwing
  25. Thomas Cook
  26. TUI
  27. United Airlines
  28. Virgin Atlantic
  29. West Jet
  30. Xtra Airways

The wide degree of amenities available at the airport have made the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport tourist friendly.

For instance, a wide range of ground transportation is available that caters to the needs of tourist. So if you want to rent a car you can do it.

If you want to travel by large buses, you can do it. Even if you wish to travel via air, domestic flights are available to other parts of Jamaica. It’s all up to you.

If you like to shop or want to take home a souvenir, the airport has a wide array of duty-free shops.

So if you are planning to visit Negril, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, and surrounding areas, the Donald Sangster International Airport is the best for you.

Norman Manley International Airport

The Norman Manley International Airport is located in the nation’s capital Kingston.

Named in honour of national hero Norman Washington Manley, the airports located near to the world’s seventh largest natural harbour, Kingston Harbour.

The Norman Manley International Airport is best port of entry for individuals who are vacationing to eastern Jamaica. So if you’re visiting parishes such as: Kingston, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas, the Norman Manley International Airport should be your preferred port of entry.

One advantage of travelling through the Norman Manley International Airport is that it’s less crowded than the Donald Sangster International Airport, so it makes the immigration process quicker.

In addition, just like the Donald Sangster International Airport, taxi services, car rentals and tour operators are easily available.

Which airlines flies to Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport?
Here they are.

  1. Aerogaviota
  2. Air Canada Rouge
  3. American Airlines
  4. British Airways
  5. Caribbean Airlines
  6. Cayman Airways
  7. Copa Airlines
  8. Delta Airlines
  9. Fly Jamaica
  10. Insel Air
  11. InterCaribbean Airways
  12. JetBlue
  13. Spirit Airways
  14. West Jet

Ian Fleming International Airport

Located in Boscobel, St. Mary (northern area of Jamaica) the Ian Fleming International Airport is a relatively new port of entry for international passengers.

Before, it was known as the Boscobel Aerodrome and only accommodated domestic flights. The airport has now been modernized and renamed after Ian Fleming, the author and creator of James Bond.

Fast-forward to 2011, Ian Fleming International Airport began facilitating small-scale commercial flights. Therefore, tourist can only enter Jamaica through private and chartered flights.

However, plans are in the pipeline to have the airport expanded in order to accommodate large scale commercial flights.

The Jamaica Information Services reported, on March 30, 2018, that Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montague broke ground for the expansion of the airport.

So now you know exactly where to fly into Jamaica, the next step is simply to book your flight, right?

And by the way, several of these have non-stop flights to Jamaica, simply visit the airlines' website for further information.

Lol. I know is not as easy as that but I hope I provided you some helpful information.

See you (eventually) in Jamrock!

See also: Best Places To Visit in Jamaica

Related: Getting To Jamaica


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Jun 11, 2018
very helpful
by: Anonymous

thanks much

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