Flying commercial directly to Negril is not possible, however, tourists can make use of one of Jamaica's three international airports, then hire a domestic airline to fly them to the Negril Aerodrome.
Because there are no direct commercial flights to Negril, your point of entry into Jamaica will originate at one of three international airports in either Ocho Rios, Kingston, or Montego Bay. Montego Bay is your closest option, but some may choose a different airport to save money or because the flight leaves at a certain time from an airport close to their home town.
The closest international airport to Negril also happens to be the most visited airport on the island, the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Most major airlines offer direct flights into Montego Bay at reasonable prices and at regular intervals if not throughout the day than throughout the week. Form there, you can hire a driver or drive yourself if you don't want to take a smaller connecting flight into Negril.
If you're traveling from the United States the following table may be useful. Not all flights you will find listed on some of the booking engines make a lot of sense so it can be helpful to see which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.
|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|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||AirTran, Jet Blue|
The following chart displays airline companies that offer direct flights from Canadian locations.
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada|
If you will be flying from Europe the table below will be useful.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
After arriving in Jamaica, you will then have to decide if you'll travel to Negril by ground transportation or by air.
If you choose to fly, you'll head to the, which is a little over five miles north of the main area of Negril. Most people who fly to this airport are tourists staying in Western Jamaica, which includes Negril and its surrounding areas. The Negril Aerodrome has one runway which measures 2,200 by 60 feet, almost 500 feet longer than its previous length to provide a safety area. The runway is made of asphalt.
Most people will fly into the airport in Montego Bay, then take a flight to the Negril Aerodrome, which will cost somewhere between $100 and $150(USD) per person for a flight that lasts well under a half an hour. This also works well if you are on the Cayman Islands, which also has flights to Montego Bay. An airport transfer from Montego Bay to Negril in a private charter taxi will cost approximately half that, but will save you about an hours worth of travel time.
Check the following table for a listing of scheduled air service from other regional airports. If there aren't any flights from a local airport, a connecting flight from a regional airport may be a very good solution.
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||Cayman Airways|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KIN||AirLink, Caribbean Airlines|
|Montego Bay, Jamaica||MBJ||AirLink|
You also have the option of flying into the Kingston, which is between three and four hours away by car. There are approximately 14 airlines that fly into Kingston internationally, so this can be used as a back up option if for some reason you can't make a flight into Montego Bay. in
Your final option is to fly into the Ocho Rios, then transfer to Negril. This route is almost never taken because despite being an international airport, Ian Fleming International Airport only welcomes chartered flights currently. The only reason one might first fly into Ocho Rios is to perhaps do some sightseeing before they transfer to their final destination in Negril. If for some reason you do decide to fly into Ocho Rios only to drive to Negril later on, know that the trip will take between three and four hours. in
The trip to Negril is a pretty straight forward one. Montego Bay should be your original destination with Kingston serving as a back up, and then the option remains to either drive or fly to Negril via the Negril Aerodrome. One you begin to compare prices, travel times, and the fact that you may possibly be driving in a foreign country with not so stellar road conditions, you preferred choice will become clear to you pretty quickly.
If you are contemplating chartering air travel, you can contact one of the following regional agencies:
|(800) 572-7628||Norman Manley International Airport - 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) South of Kingston||Jamaica|
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