Traveling to Falmouth by Airplane

A flight into Montego Bay then a quick trip on land is all it takes to get to Falmouth

Located within a half an hour drive time of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, you won't have to decide which Jamaican airport to fly into when you're staying in Falmouth. On top of being close by, this airport is the largest on the island.

Used by 72 percent of all people who fly into Jamaica, the Sangster International Airport is located on the northwest coast of Jamaica. It originally opened in 1940 and has been a popular point of arrival ever since. In fact, today it is one of the busiest and more modern airports in the Caribbean. Whether arriving or departing, tourists will find the airport to be full of amenities that will be of use to them, including government offices, rental car agencies, taxi stands, porter services, handicap accessible facilities, currency exchange, baggage carts, shopping, and restaurants.

The airport can accommodate airplanes as large as Boeing 747s on the two 2653 foot runways, which is made of asphalt concrete. Nearly every major airline from the United States and several others from around the world including Air Canada offers regular flights into the island, and if you live near a major air hub, you will almost always be able to find a direct flight to Jamaica.

When flying from the United States this chart may be of help. The online booking services don't necessarily identify the most logical options so it helps to know which airlines actually offer direct service to this airport.

Sangster International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Baltimore, MD, USA BWI AirTran, Spirit Airlines
Chicago, IL, USA MDW AirTran
Detroit, MI, USA DTW Delta Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Caribbean Airlines, Jet Blue
Los Angeles, CA, USA LAX American Airlines
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines
Orlando, FL, USA MCO AirTran, Jet Blue

The following list indicates airlines that offer direct flights from locations in Canada.

Sangster International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Halifax, Canada YHZ Air Canada
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada
Winnipeg, Canada YWG Air Canada

If you're flying from across the Atlantic the following chart will be helpful.

Sangster International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Falmouth from the Caribbean

See the following chart for scheduled air service from other Caribbean airports. If there are no flights directly from your preferred airport, a connecting flight from another airport might prove to be a very viable option.

Sangster International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Georgetown, Grand Cayman GCM Cayman Airways
Jamaica OCJ AirLink
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink, Caribbean Airlines
Negril, Jamaica NEG AirLink in charge of driving yourself...


The Road to Falmouth

After landing in Montego Bay, you'll have to decide whether to hire a driver for an airport transfer or rent a car and make the 17.5 mile trek yourself. The short distance makes it seem as though driving yourself wouldn't be a big deal, but tourists are warned that driving in Jamaica is a stressful experience. Local drivers are aggressive and erratic, not to mention speedy, while roads are not in the best condition. Still, if you do want to be in charge of driving yourself, you'll find plenty of options at the airport in Montego Bay for between $35 and $250(USD) a day. You'll need to be older than 23 and have a driver's license in order to rent a car. If you're worried about driving on the island, click here for tips.

The recommended option for getting from the Sangster International Airport to your hotel is to hire a charter taxi for an airport transfer. The cost of an airport transfer varies by company, but will be around $60(USD) one way for up to four passengers. Airport transfers often include a free drink during the ride, and you can enjoy the scenery as you let someone familiar with local driving conditions take over while you relax. To read more about taxis in the area, click here.

Though a multi-step process, getting to Falmouth is not so difficult that anyone should be deterred from planning a vacation there. After you've determined which airline you'll fly into Montego Bay, the rest of your decision making should come easily.


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