Jamaica — Airports
Sangster International Airport
Serving Montego Bay directly, Sangster International Airport is a gateway for travelers into Jamaica. It receives twice the number of passengers than the Kingston airport, with over three million flyers a year. Flights come in from all over the US, including Miami from American Airlines, New York via Delta and Chicago on United Airlines. There are also flights from Canada on Air Canada, and from both London and Manchester through Thomas Cook Airlines.
There are two terminals—International and Domestic—with regular flights from the island’s other main airports, including Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport. All facilities have ATMs, currency exchange, shops, and restaurants, along with internet connectivity and duty-free in the International Terminal. Located just a couple of miles from central Montego Bay, licensed taxis and shuttle buses provide fairly priced transportation.
Norman Manley International Airport
Norman Manley International Airport serves the Jamaican capital of Kingston and is the home for national flagship carrier Air Jamaica. Major airlines also serve this airport, though there are fewer connections from international cities. American Airlines flies from Miami, Caribbean Airlines from New York-JFK, and JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines via Fort Lauderdale. Air Canada serves Toronto only, British Airways from London-Gatwick. There are also connections from around the region, including Grand Cayman, Nassau and Guantanamo Bay.
The single terminal handles half the traffic of Sangster International Airport, at about 1.5 million people a year, and is located 11 miles southeast of the city on the peninsula. It is undergoing a significant, ongoing renovation, including upgrades to both the arrivals and departures areas. Current facilities include ATMs, currency exchange, duty free shops, a café, restaurants, and a bar, along with internet access. Taxis to town are expensive, but bus number 98 is a cheaper option which runs to downtown Kingston at Parade, taking up to an hour.
There are also smaller airports across Jamaica in Ocho Rios, Negril and the Kingston Tinson Pen with regular flights to Montego Bay.