Jamaica: Getting There By Air

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 renovation.

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 tour operation.

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) 293-6194.

From Denver, Apple Vacations/JAMVAC charters will operate on a weekly schedule to Montego Bay, beginning in December. Call (800) 727-3400.

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.

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