Kingston is home to one of Jamaica's three international airports, and one of two of the most popular air destinations on the island. Vacationers staying in and around the nation's capital will always choose this airport as their point of entry.
Kingston's airport is the(NMIA), which is located just 20 minutes from the city's center, set on a breathtaking peninsula that is home to one of the largest natural harbors in the world. Formerly known as the Palisadoes Airport, the name was changed to honor Norman Washington Manely, one Jamaica's seven national heroes.
Norman Manley International Airport is the second busiest airport on the island, catering to somewhere between two and four thousand passengers each week. This airport welcome's mostly business traveler's and cargo tranfers, thanks to its location in the capital city, which is a business centered destination more than anything else. In fact, over 70 percent of the island's freight is handled via Norman Manley International Airport.
As of May 2013, there are 14 international airlines that make regular flights into Norman Manley International Airport, including big names like, , and on the roster.
This table lets you know which airlines schedule flights non-stop from the U.S. and where they are flying from. Booking services don't necessarily display the best options so it can be helpful to see at a glance which airlines fly directly to this airport.
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
If you're going to be flying from a European city this chart will be useful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Iberia|
At 4,400 square miles, Jamaica is one of the largest islands in the Caribbean. Although it is possible to rent a car or get airport transfer to any destination on the island, for most tourists who are not staying within the immediate vicinity of Kingston, it makes better sense to book a small charter flight and fly into one of Jamaica's four domestic airlines. This same domestic service is also makes for great flying around the Caribbean.
Check the chart below for a listing of scheduled air service from other regional airports. If you can't take a flight from an airport near your home, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean may be an excellent option.
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines|
|Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands||CYB||Cayman Airways|
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||Cayman Airways|
|Montego Bay, Jamaica||MBJ||AirLink, Caribbean Airlines|
|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|
|Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda||ANU||Caribbean Airlines|
|New Providence Island, Bahamas||NAS||Caribbean Airlines|
You'll notice that one of these airports is also located in Kingston: the Montego Bay, but also offers hoppers to Negril, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio with and providing flights. The airport has one asphalt runway that measures 4,300 by 100 feet, and services just over 90,000 passengers each year. (MKTP). Located near the Kingston Free zone and transshipment port, this aerodrome is the largest of the three on the island. It caters directly to business travelers who need quick transportation between Kingston and
Although the bulk of the arrivals in Kingston are filled with air cargo and business travelers, Kingston also sees its fair share of tourists. If you're staying in Kingston or in nearby areas like Port More or the interior Blue Mountains, Kingston can certainly serve as your point of entry to Jamaica.
The following chart indicates how to get a hold of the regional air charter operators.
|(800) 572-7628||Norman Manley International Airport - 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) South of Kingston||Jamaica|
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