Montego Bay Air Travel

Fly into Jamaica via one of the busiest and most modern airports in the Caribbean

Photo credit: © Rommel S. Dorado

As a regional hub, Jamaica is a rarity in the Caribbean. Not only is there one, but three international airports on the island, which means that tourists can fly from their home town or the nearest large airport directly to the island without having to make a connecting flight. One of these international airports is located in Montego Bay.

One of the busiest airports in the whole of the Caribbean, Sangster International Airport (MJB) is Montego Bay's air connection, and most air traffic to the island initially lands here. Over 1.75 million people visit Jamaica each year, and about 72 percent of them choose Sangster International Airport as their airport of choice. The airport's peak operating hours are between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m., so if you'd like to avoid a crowd, try and plan your flight so that it does not arrive or depart during this time. You can contact the Sangster International Airport by calling 876-952-3124.

Flying to Montego Bay from the US

Nearly every major airport in the United States and elsewhere around the world offers regular flights into Montego Bay. If your nearest airport does not have direct flights to Montego Bay, you are probably no more than one connection away from an airport that does.

If you'll be flying from the states the list below may be useful. Not all of the options you will see on the internet are good options so it's useful to see a summary of which airlines fly directly to this location.

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 Montego Bay from Canada

Just like in the United States, Montego Bay is a very popular destination. The major airports in the country will have direct flight; generally on a regular basis too. Once again, while flying from some of the more remote airports means making a connection before heading to Montego Bay, it is likely only to be one connection.

This table shows which airlines offer direct flights out of Canadian cities.

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 a European city the following chart is relevant.

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

Flying to Montego Bay from the Caribbean

Despite the long list of US based flights, there is only a modest selection coming from within the Caribbean. Regular Caribbean flights from Sangster International Airport are limited to the Cayman Islands and domestic Jamaican flights.

Check below for a listing of scheduled air service from other airports in the region. If there aren't any flights directly from your favorite airport, connecting through another airport could 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

Once tourists have arrived on the island, those staying in Montego Bay can either take a taxi or rent a car to get to their accommodations. Visitors who are staying outside of Montego Bay will have the option of making a longer drive to their final destination or taking a charter flight to one of the island's three smaller domestic airports

With modern upgrades and facilities, the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay is the top option for flying into Jamaica. Once you arrive, you'll have some decisions to make with regards to how to get to your accommodations, but your Jamaican vacation's first real no-brainer will be choosing to fly into Montego Bay over the island's other airport options.

If you are considering the option of chartering air travel, you can contact one of the following 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

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