Flying to Jamaica

Jamaica's visitors find airline travel to be quick and easy

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Jamaica is a regional hub, and has direct service from many countries. A flight from New York to Montego Bay or Kingston takes approximately four hours, while flights from London and Paris take roughly seven hours.

Round-trip tickets are the easiest way to save money on flights, as they're usually much less expensive than one-way flights. Booking well in advance helps both ensure your seating and save money, though sometimes last-minute bargains are well worth the wait, especially for travelers with flexible plans. You may also choose off-peak times to fly in order to save money. Traveling in the off-season will help you find lower prices, and mid-week flights are generally a lower cost as well. Staying over Saturday is another option for lowering the ticket price. Remember that if you find a special rate on your fare, you may be buying a nonrefundable ticket. Fees are often included for altering your ticket after your purchase.

Note that the airports at Montego Bay and Kingston are the two largest, but numerous other Jamaican airports are quite small. Travelers who need to make small hops across the island to reach the airports in Negril and other areas may not be able to deplane directly to the terminal. Vacationers with ailments that cause them trouble walking may want to make special arrangements with the staff at the airline prior to their arrival at their final destination in Jamaica.

Flying to Jamaica from the US

As a major hub for Caribbean air travel, there should be no surprise that flying direct to tennis is pretty easy for residents in the United States. Daily flights are found throughout the United States from as far west as Texas and as far north as Michigan. Even if you do not happen to live in a city that has a direct flights, most airports will have a flight to one that does, meaning the flight to Jamaica will be as short as possible.

Norman Manley International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA FLL Jet Blue
Miami, FL, USA MIA American Airlines
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

Flying to Jamaica from Canada

Jamaica is one of the easiest destinations to reach for Canadian citizens, with direct flights leaving through several cities including Montreal, Winnipeg, and Ottawa. The options might not be as extensive as those from the United States, but considering the distance, it is impressive.

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

Flying to Jamaica from Europe

London and Frankfurt are the main Caribbean gateways for Europe, and it is no different when flying to Jamaica. These cities give travelers the ability to fly straight to Montego Bay. Just keep in mind that it will be a long flight. Making a pit stop in Canada or the United States might not be a bad thing, if only to stretch your legs.

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

Flying to Jamaica from the Caribbean

As mentioned, Jamaica is one of the hubs of air travel in the region, and hosts an impressive assortment of daily flights to other Caribbean islands.

Additionally, there is a strong domestic flight offering available too, called Airlink. If you have to travel from one side of Jamaica to the other, do not dismiss this airline, it can save you time, and in some cases, money.

Ian Fleming International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Jamaica POT AirLink
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink
Montego Bay, Jamaica MBJ AirLink
Ken Jones Aerodrome Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Jamaica OCJ AirLink
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink
Norman Manley International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Castries, Saint Lucia SLU Caribbean Airlines
Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands CYB Cayman Airways
Georgetown, Grand Cayman GCM Cayman Airways
Jamaica OCJ AirLink
Jamaica POT AirLink
Montego Bay, Jamaica MBJ AirLink, Caribbean Airlines
Negril, Jamaica NEG AirLink
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands PLS Intercaribbean Airways
Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten SXM Caribbean Airlines
Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago POS Caribbean Airlines
Willemstad, Curacao CUR InselAir
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
Negril Aerodrome Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink
Montego Bay, Jamaica MBJ AirLink
Tinson Pen Aerodrome Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda ANU Caribbean Airlines
New Providence Island, Bahamas NAS Caribbean Airlines

Airport Security

Baggage screening procedures and additional security checks have been implemented at airports around the world, including random inspections. It has been recommended by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that travelers arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight.

Following these suggestions can help to reduce your waiting time:

  • Avoid wearing metal objects such as steel-toed boots, heavy jewelry or bulky belt buckles, which can set off the checkpoint detectors. Remove keys, loose change, cell phones, personal data assistants and other metal objects from your pockets. Plastic bins are provided so that these items, together with shoes, coats and jackets are x-rayed.
  • Metal surgical implants may also set off detectors; bring a note from a doctor to avoid delays due to increased security precautions.
  • Travelers should keep their passport and boarding pass on hand at all times.
  • Remember that only ticketed passengers are allowed to pass through the security checkpoint and to the gate. Non-ticketed people accompanying a child or an elderly or disabled person should check with the airline for proper documentation required.
  • Bring along your ticket or e-ticket confirmation.
  • Check on your flight before leaving for the airport to confirm that it is on schedule.

Arrivals

Upon arrival in Jamaica you'll need to clear customs. You should also consider exchanging your money for Jamaican Dollars, although American dollars are widely accepted. Travelers are encouraged to use airport exchange services to obtain some Jamaican cash at a better exchange rate than is offered by most hotels. As of August 2012, a $20 arrival tax will be assessed to all travelers arriving in Jamaica from abroad. This will typically be included in the cost of your ticket, but you should check with your airline to be sure.

Once you arrive in Jamaica be sure to keep your luggage with you at all times. Though the problem can be worse at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, theft is everywhere, making it a good idea to keep a close eye on your luggage.

Air Charters

If you are serious about an air charter, you can contact one of these regional agencies:

Charter Operators
Name Phone Location Island
Intercaribbean Airways at KIN (800) 572-7628 Norman Manley International Airport - 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) South of Kingston Jamaica

If after all this you still want to learn more about flying to Jamaica, see our local guides that will explain to you the ins and outs of flying into specific areas within the nation.

Jamaica Air Travel Guides
Blue Mountains
Falmouth
Kingston
Mandeville
Montego Bay
Negril
Ocho Rios
Port Antonio
Rose Hall
Runaway Bay
Treasure Beach
 

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