Jamaica as another tropical destination.
Sir Donald Sangster International Airport (IATA: MBJ, ICAO: MKJS) is an international airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and is one of the largest and busiest airports in the Caribbean.It is one of the most ultra-modern airports in the Caribbean capable of handling 9 million passengers yearly; that is three times the size of the Jamaican population Sangster is often referred to as the gateway to the Caribbean. It serves as the most popular airport for tourists visiting the north coast of Jamaica. MBJ is currently the busier of Jamaica's two main airports, the other being Norman Manley International Airport located in the capital city of Kingston.
Over the years, the upgrading process was a continuous one, ultimately the facility had grown into the larger of the two international airports in Jamaica, handling approximately 3.7 million passengers per annum in 2007,and have seen and increase in passenger and aircraft movement since the start of 2008.They are currently seeking to increase the number of passengers from Asia, and are working with Brazil to receive non-stop service from there.
As of 2000, plans have been executed to expand the airport to the status of a world class airport. A new concourse was completed in December 2005 to allow large commercial aircraft such as the Airbus A340, Boeing 747-400 and possibly the Airbus A380. Also a planned expansion of the main runway is currently in the preparation phase, which will, when completed, afford the airport a fully functioning 10,000 ft. runway to accommodate large aircraft traffic. MBJ Airports Limited also commissioned a new customs hall, arrivals lobby and transportation center in March 2007. Since then further expansion and renovation projects such as the relocation of the immigrations hall and duty free mall has been launched and it is expected to be completed by October 2008. When complete the facility will be one of the Caribbean's most modern airports, and will have increased the handling capacity to 9 million passengers per annum
Current list of operators..
Air Berlin Düsseldorf
Air Canada Calgary [seasonal], Halifax [seasonal], Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa [seasonal], Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver [seasonal], Winnipeg [seasonal]
Air Europa Madrid [seasonal]
Air Jamaica Baltimore, Chicago-O'Hare, Curaçao, Fort Lauderdale, Havana, Kingston, Nassau, New York-JFK, Orlando, Philadelphia
Air Transat Calgary [seasonal], Montreal-Trudeau, Quebec City [seasonal; begins 7 November], Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver [seasonal]
AirTran Airways Atlanta, Baltimore, Orlando [all services begin 11 February]
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York,JFK
Arkefly Amsterdam, Punta Cana
Blue Panorama Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino [begins 21 December]
British Airways London-Gatwick [resumes 29 October]
CanJet Calgary, Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa [begins 18 December], Quebec City, Toronto-Pearson, Victoria [begins 20 December]
Cayman Airways Grand Cayman
Condor Flugdienst Frankfurt
Continental Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark
Cubana de Aviación operated by Aerogaviota Havana
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, New York-JFK
Jetairfly Brussels, Cancún [seasonal]
JetBlue Airways Boston [begins 9 January] , New York-JFK, Orlando [begins 10 February]
Livingston Energy Flight Milan-Malpensa
Northwest Airlines Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Skylan Airways Kingston
Skyservice Calgary, Edmonton [begins 18 December], Montreal-Trudeau [begins 18 December], Ottawa, Saskatoon [begins 27 December], Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver [all seasonal]
Spirit Airlines Fort Lauderdale
Sun Country Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul [seasonal]
Sunwing Airlines Montreal-Trudeau, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto-Pearson
TAME Quito, Guayaquil [seasonal]
Thomas Cook Airlines London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
Thomson Airways Birmingham (UK), London-Gatwick, Manchester (UK)
United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Washington-Dulles [both seasonal]
US Airways Boston [seasonal], Charlotte, Philadelphia, Phoenix [seasonal; begins 17 December]
USA3000 Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, St. Louis [seasonal]
Virgin Atlantic Airways London-Gatwick
WestJet Ottawa [seasonal; begins 6 November], Toronto-Pearson
The JTB/JamVac Vacations are currently looking at the following carriers for future services to MBJ:
LAN,TAM,Copa, Lufthansa and an unannounced Asian carrier..