KIN, also known as the Norman Manley Airport, is the largest airport in Jamaica located within 20 minutes away from Kingston, on a peninsula near to the historic site of Port Royal. It caters to more than 100 international flights every week. The airport has had major renovation work in 2010 to transform it for the influx of tourist traffic. Read about ground transport options below.
You can hire cheap car rentals from outside the customs area in the ground transportation hall in Kingston International Airport. Car rental agencies also provide shuttle services to their clients. You should carry the numbers of your car rental agency in your portable telephone or digital diary so that you wouldn't face any confusion when you arrive regarding the shuttle times. Jamaica's independent car rental agencies found at our site include:
While taxis are easily available at the airport, shuttle vans offer cheap alternatives to taxis to and from the airport. They include large passenger vans that pick you from your home, hotel or office. Tour operators also operate regular services from the airport whereas hotels provide courtesy shuttles for easy transportation from the airport to the hotel premises. Cheapcar rentals are also available for hire.
Delays before or in between flights are no cause for worry since Kingston International Airport has interesting entertainment for passengers.
Dining: There are snack counters are the airport and a bar that overlooks a view of the airside. Other popular restaurants include Burger King, Island Grill, Tastee, Blue Moon Café, Jahnet's Juices, Jamrock Sports Bar & Grill, Rahtid Café, Cockpit Bar and many more.
Shopping: There are Duty-free and general retail shopping facilities at the departure lounge, with a wide range of quality gifts and novelties for sale. You can pick up books and CDs, exotic spices, ceramics, flowers, vintage liquors and souvenirs from these shops. The new departure concourse includes plans for more retail shopping including four duty free shops in the departure lounge. Some of the popular shops at the airport are Linstead Market Jamaica, Travellaz, Digicel, Art to Go, Cooyah and Reggae Kids, to name just a few.
Airport Art: The airport's art exhibits include two Carl Abrahams murals and five Wassi Art collectibles. During the renovation work, some of the art exhibits have been placed in storage.
Airline Lounges: While Air Jamaica, American Airlines and British Airways have their private lounges catering to their passengers, the airport also has a VIP Lounge for all passengers at the airport.