How to Reach Kingston by Airplane

Whether for business or pleasure, you can fly into Kingston with ease

Photo credit: © Arnold Kelly

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 Norman Manley International Airport (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 Air Canada, Delta Airlines, and American Airlines on the roster.

If you're traveling from the U.S. the list below may be helpful. Booking services may not know about the most logical options so it can be helpful to see a summary of which airlines fly directly to this location.

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

If you'll be traveling from across "the Pond" this chart is relevant.

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

Flying to Kingston from the Caribbean

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.

See the following chart for air service from other airports in the region. If you can't take a flight directly from an airport near you, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean could be your best option.

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
Tinson Pen Aerodrome Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code 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 Tinson Pen Aerodrome (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 Montego Bay, but also offers hoppers to Negril, Ocho Rios, and Port Antonio with Caribbean Airlines and AirLink providing flights. The airport has one asphalt runway that measures 4,300 by 100 feet, and services just over 90,000 passengers each year.

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 table indicates how to get a hold of the regional air charter operators.

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

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