Kingston International Airport
A busy Caribbean hub and main gateway to the beaches and resorts of Jamaica, Norman Manley Kingston International Airport serves the capital city of Kingston. Formerly known as Palisadoes Airport, the facility was renamed in honour of a Jamaican statesman who fought for universal suffrage.
The airport, which currently serves about two million passengers each year, is in the midst of a huge renovation and expansion project that started in 2004 and will finish in 2022. The constant construction does give the airport a feeling of chaos, however the facilities in the departures area are spacious and modern, with a nice variety of shops and restaurants. The only delays tend to come from the notoriously strict immigration counters, which often have long queues.
The airport is located 11 miles (18km) south east of Kingston.
Getting to the city
There's a good, extensive government-run public bus network across Kingston, with three major stations in town - the Downtown Transport Center, the ultra-modern Half-Way Tree Transport Center, or Cross Roads. You can catch buses across Kingston and Jamaica in general.
Tel: +1 876 924 8452.
Car rental companies represented at the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz and Island Car Rentals. Their desks are in the Ground Transportation Hall.
You can get a taxi from the airport to town. Look for metered taxis if you'd rather not bargain a flat rate, and be aware that the official taxis have red license plates. It is best to arrange a taxi in advance.
Facilities include ATMs, currency exchange, lounges, baby changing facilities, wheelchair assistance, a health centre (in the arrivals area), cafes and restaurants, duty-free storesand a good selection of stores.
Parking is available at the airport. It costs JMD 150 per hour, with a daily maximum of JMD 600.
Wifi is available in the departures area.
Business-class lounges are available to passengers.
Kingston International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.