Travel to Jamaica
Best airports in Jamaica
Best airports in Jamaica
This is one of the three major airports in Jamaica. Located close to the Kingston Harbor, this airport is popularly used by tourists and locals travelling to the eastern side of the island such as Kingston, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas. Norman Manley airport is not as busy as Sangster International Airport so you can expect a quicker immigration process.
Located in Montego Bay, the Sangster International Airport is the number-one airport used by travellers because of its proximity to the resort areas such as Ocho Rios and Negril. This is the fourth busiest airport in the Caribbean with over three million passengers every year, which is twice the amount of the Norman Manley International Airport.
Previously known as the Boscobel Aerodrome and catering to only domestic flights, The Ian Fleming Airport went under major upgrades from 2009 to 2011 and now facilitates commercial and charter flights to the U.S.A. and within the Caribbean. If you are looking for an airport near Ocho Rios or Runaway Bay, this is the closest international Airport. This airport is geared towards the high end tourist market in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Port Antonio. You won’t find any airbus planes here as yet, only small planes.
Domestic Airports/ Intra Island Flights
The largest of the three domestic aerodromes, Tinson Pen Aerodome is located on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston. Mostly business persons use this airport as a faster means of travel between Kingston and Montego Bay. Popular flight destinations also include Negril and Port Antonio.
Port Antonio, once a buzzing tourist attraction, is home to the Ken Jones Aerodrome. Port Antonio is located to the far east of Jamaica and so visitors fly to and from this airport to visit the popular destination. A flight to Kingston only takes 15 minutes, and if you are driving you are looking at two hours.
The Negril Aerodrome is located just north of Negril. You will find that locals do use this airport but not as much as tourists who want to avoid the three-hour drive it takes from Ocho Rios to Negril or the 5- hour drive it takes from Negril to Port Antonio.
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Before 1961, May 24 was celebrated in Jamaica as Empire Day in honor of the birthday of Queen Victoria . As its name suggests, the day was used to celebrate the British Empire and England, complete with flag-raising ceremonies and the singing of patriotic songs.
But In 1961, Chief Minister, Norman Washington Manley proposed the replacement of Empire Day with Labor Day, a celebration in commemoration of May 23, 1938, when Alexander Bustamante led a labor rebellion leading to Jamaican independence. Until May 23, 1971, Labor Day was primarily a trade unions celebration with public rallies and marches. On occasion, opposing trade unions clashed on this day, so in 1972, Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley promoted Labor Day as a showcase for the importance of labor to the development of Jamaica, and a day of voluntary community participation to beneficial projects. Since then, Labor Day has not only been a public holiday, but also a day of mass community involvement around the country.
August 1st If you know anything about slavery, then you should know that the abolition of slavery in the western world was perhaps the most important achievement for many of our foreparents. On August 28, 1833, the Slavery Abolition Act was given Royal Assent, which paved the way for the abolition of slavery within the British Empire and its colonies. On August 1, 1834, all slaves in the British Empire were emancipated, but they were indentured to their former owners in an apprenticeship system which was abolished in two stages; the first set of apprenticeships came to an end on 1 August 1838, while the final apprenticeships ended two years later on August 1, 1840.
August 6th. Pursuant to Emancipation Day, Jamaicans were still tied to the coattail of the United Kingdom. We wanted more and had a desire to make our own decisions, we needed our own identity. Another lobby was successful when Jamaica gained Independence from the United Kingdom in 1962- August 6th, hence this holiday.
This holiday is usually celebrated on the 3rd Monday in October. The celebration is geared towards honoring and lauding the efforts of our 6 heroes and 1 heroine. They challenged the institutions of slavery, colonialism and dependency thereby changing the course of our history.
December 26th: In the olden days, the well-to-do persons in society would erect a box in Churches and Civic Centres and the day after Christmas, they would place donations in the form of gifts and money in this box. The contents of the box were then given to the plantation workers and the less privileged members of society. Hence, the name “Boxing” Day.