Jamaica's two major international airports have different
constituencies. Most vacationers use Montego Bay's Sangster
airport, where a $7 million renovation results in larger and more
efficient lounge areas, refurbishing of ticket counters for better
customer service and -- in the case of Air Jamaica -- spacious
lounges for first class and other special passengers.
Kingston's Norman Manley airport, which is used primarily for
resident and business traffic, is also scheduled for
Montego Bay is Air Jamaica's (212-567-2050 or 800-666-1277) hub
for its services through MoBay to Antigua, Barbados, Grand Cayman,
Nassau in The Islands Of The Bahamas, Providenciales in the Turks
& Caicos islands, St. Lucia and Cuba. With its new planes and
improved service, Air Jamaica flies from Miami, Fort Lauderdale,
Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York (Kennedy), Newark,
Chicago and Los Angeles. Air Jamaica Vacations is the company's
Air SuperClubs, an arrangement between SuperClubs and Air
Negril, uses nine planes to carry passengers between Negril,
Montego Bay and Ocho Rios' nearest airport, which is a short drive
east, at Boscobel. Tropical Airlines operates between Kingston's
Tinson Pen domestic airport and Montego Bay.
In addition to scheduled international service on Air Jamaica,
Jamaica is also served by American Airlines (Miami, New York),
Northwest (Minneapolis, Tampa), USAirways (Philadelphia, Charlotte,
N.C.), TWA (St. Louis) and Sunburst Holidays. Charters depart every
Sunday from Boston and on various dates to be confirmed with the
airline from JFK-New York and Atlanta.
These new services will be in place for winter 97-98:
From Indianapolis, American Trans Air operates twice weekly charter
service, Wednesdays and Saturdays, beginning Dec. 17. Call (800)
From Denver, Apple Vacations/JAMVAC charters will operate on a
weekly schedule to Montego Bay, beginning in December. Call (800)
From Cincinnati, Sunshine Tours will partner with JAMVAC for
twice weekly service to Montego Bay, Fridays and Mondays, beginning
Dec. 9. Call (800) 526-2422.
From Houston, Funjet/JAMVAC charters will operate twice weekly
via New Orleans to Montego Bay. Call (800) 558-3060.