How to Reach Ocho Rios by Airplane

Ocho Rios has a small airport that welcomes international flights

Home to Jamaica's newest international airport, Ocho Rios serves as the north coast gateway for air travel on the island. Although this airport still primarily handles domestic and small regional flights, its capability for welcoming large commercial jets has opened up a new market for air travel.

The Ian Fleming International Airport (MKBS), named for the creator of fictional character James Bond, is located in the Ocho Rios resort area, just nine miles east of the city's center. This means convenient and easy access to all of the area's top accommodations, beaches, and attractions.

The airport is open daily from 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., although it will accept flights in off hours with special permission from Senior Operations Office Claude Service. The runway, which is made of asphaltic concrete, measures 4,767 feet long and 79 feet wide, with a 34 foot long taxiway. Round the clock security, first aid, fire-fighting, and ambulatory services are available. For more information, you can contact the airport at 876-787-0169 or 876-797-0114.

Flying to Ocho Rios from the US

The downside to planning on flying into Ian Flemming is that as of the start of 2014, it does not yet see any air traffic from commercial airlines. Every flight that lands and departs from here is chartered. Still, the capability for welcoming commercial flights remains, and the airport could strike a deal with a big name airline at any time, so it is best to keep an ear out as you plan your trip to this region of Jamaica.

For now, take at look at Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston and Sangster International Airport (MJB) in Montego Bay as the main destinations in Jamaica for international air travel.

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
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
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 Ocho Rios from the Caribbean

As you can imagine with two other, much larger international airports on Jamaica, this airport sees far fewer traffic on a daily basis, but that is how they prefer it. This allows them to provide much more personal customer service, and handle all of their guests needs. Anyone who plans on staying in Port Maria, Runaway Bay, Discover Bay, St. Ann's, Oracabessa, and of course, Ocho Rios, should consider flying into Ian Fleming.

See below for a listing of scheduled air service from other Caribbean airports. If there are no flights from an airport near you, taking a connecting flight from a regional airport may be a very good solution.

Ian Fleming International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Jamaica POT AirLink
Kingston, Jamaica KIN AirLink
Montego Bay, Jamaica MBJ 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

If you're planning a vacation in and around Ocho Rios, consider the Ian Flemming International Airport as your point of entry into Jamaica. With top notch service and an uncrowded facility, this can be a great way to arrive on the island.

Be sure to look at the following table to get in touch with some of the regional air charter companies.

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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