Are you thinking of visiting Jamaica on your next trip? Since it's an island, chances are you'll be flying there.
If you're wondering what to expect when you land in Jamaica, we're here to let you know all about the airports, their amenities, and more!
How many airports are there in Jamaica?
There are several airports in Jamaica, but only a handful accept passengers from commercial airlines.
In terms of what airports are available to travelers, there are three international airports as well as a few domestic airports. The airports are spread out across the island, so it helps to land in an airport nearest to the part of Jamaica you're hoping to explore.
If you're planning a trip to Jamaica soon, be sure to check out these recommendations for the best things to do in Jamaica!
What are the international airports in Jamaica?
Of three international airports in Jamaica, only two are widely available to general travelers. The three international airports are Norman Manley International Airport, Sangster International Airport, and Ian Fleming International Airport.
But, what sets these airports apart from each other? Let's find out!
Norman Manley International Airport
With the airport code of KIN, Norman Manley International Airport is located in Jamaica's capital of Kingston. KIN handles both domestic and international flights and has arrivals from popular carriers such as JetBlue, Delta, British Airways, and more. This airport is perfect if you're hoping to explore Kingston, Port Antonio, Blue Mountain, or the Southeastern coast of the island when you visit Jamaica.
KIN airport has two lounges, one in the Arrivals Hall and the other below the Food Court. Both lounges are accessible by purchasing a pass through Lounge Pass. Club Kingston in Arrivals will cost you $28, while access to Club Kingston under the Food Court will cost you $40.
To get to Kingston from the airport, you can either take the 98 or 98EX bus into town or hail a taxi and be in the city center within 30 minutes!
For tips on the best nightlife in Kingston (and the rest of Jamaica), this Jamaica nightlife guide is a must-read!
Sangster International Airport
Located in Montego Bay, Sangster International Airport (code MBJ) is the most popular airport for tourists.
This is the best airport if you want to explore Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Negril. MBJ has a domestic and an international terminal. Both terminals are located in the same building. Sangster International services more airlines than Norman Manley, which makes it the busiest airport in Jamaica!
MBJ has two lounges available to passengers, both called Club Mobay. Purchase access to either lounge via Lounge Pass, with entry to both lounges starting at $40. Club Mobay is in the Arrivals area, past security.
To get to your destination from the airport, head to the ground floor for all transportation access. If you are staying at a resort such as Sandals, or Hyatt Ziva, you'll find a shuttle service ready to take you to your hotel. While there are also bus options to get into town, it's recommended that you opt for a taxi as they take a more direct route, which means you can get into vacation mode ASAP!
Ian Fleming International Airport
Jamaica's newest international airport is in the Ocho Rios resort area. With the code OCJ, Ian Fleming International is mainly an airport that welcomes private aircraft, with occasional commercial airlines on a smaller scale. Currently, American Airlines flies direct to OCJ from Miami under the regional brand of American Eagle.
OCJ airport is the closest airport for travelers looking to visit Runaway Bay, but it accommodates very few flights. Your best bet would be flying into Montego Bay and driving the 71km to Runaway Bay from there.
Domestic Airports in Jamaica
There are international airports in Jamaica that service domestic flights. And there are three airports on the island that are domestic only. They are as follows:
- Tinson Pen Aerodrome - located in Kingston
- Negril Aerodrome - located in Negril
- Ken Jones Aerodrome - located in Port Antonio
All the international airports have transport services to these cities, but flying domestically can save you precious time on your journey.
Jamaica is also home to several private airports and airstrips. While these aren't accessible by commercial airlines, you may spot them out and about as you explore Jamaica.
What is the closest airport to Negril, Jamaica?
If you're looking for sandy beach vibes and relaxation, then visiting Negril is a must while you're in Jamaica. In general, it's easiest to fly into Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. You can then take ground transportation to get to Negril.
If you don't like the idea of renting a car or taking a bus to Negril from Montego Bay, there are also domestic flights to Negril. Search for flights to the Negril Aerodrome, which will have you landing directly in Negril! You'll have to either fly into Sangster International (or Norman Manley) before transferring.
Solar Energy at Airports in Jamaica
It's nice to know that the two major international airports in Jamaica are going greener. Both Norman Manley and Sangster International are home to solar at-gate technologies that power onboard systems. The initiative helps airplanes and airports reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions without impacting the quality of service they provide.
To Jamaica, we go!
Now that you're a little more familiar with the airports in Jamaica, you can start planning all the other elements of your trip to the island! No matter which airport you choose to fly to, be sure to use Pilot and keep all your itinerary planning in one place!