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Airports in Jamaica

Norman Manley International Airport (KIN)

Overview

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.

Location

The airport is located 11 miles (18km) south east of Kingston.

Getting to the city

Train: The train service in Jamaica, discontinued in 1992, opened a few lines in April 2011 with plans for a cross-country system once again. There is a station in Kingston, although the service currently doesn't run there.

Taxi: You can get a taxi from the airport to town for about JMD 2500, or less if you're prepared to haggle.

Bus: 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.

Time

GMT -5

Contacts

Tel: +1 876 924 8452.

see full airport guide


Sangster International Airport (MBJ)

Overview

Nestled just two miles (3km) from Montego Bay in Jamaica is Sangster International, or Sir Donald Sangster International Airport. It handles flights coming into Jamaica from destinations worldwide and averages nine million passengers each year.

Sangster International was renovated in 2009 and now boasts an impressive array of amenities as well as expanded parking facilities. The staff at Sangster International are friendly making the overall airport experience a pleasant one.

Location

The airport is located 2 miles (3 km) north east of Montego Bay.

Getting to the city

Taxi: There is an Authorized Airport Taxi desk located just outside the Customs exit. Fare to Ocho Rios is JMD 1,060 and a trip to downtown Montego Bay costs approximately JMD 850.

Time

Local time is GMT - 5

Contacts

Tel: +1 876 952 3124.

see full airport guide


Kingston International Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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