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MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review :  15 April 2014 by Ted Funk    (USA)

Rating : 8/10

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Jamaica, as a country, is not near as developed as the US, most western European nations, or even Canada. That being said, it would be impossible to expect a gleaming facility. The wait times, although not ideal, weren't that bad and the people I dealt with were fairly pleasant. Plenty of food and beverage as well as shopping. I'll be back.



MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review :  21 February 2014 by David Casteel    (USA)

Rating : 0/10

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Coming into Montego Bay no real problem. But leaving was a mess, all of the metal detectors were beeping and nobody in security cared, they just kept saying keep moving. The X-ray machine for our carry on items was unattended, my wife and I had three items - nobody checked anything.



MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review :  8 August 2013 by P Rose    (USA)

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Okay except for: 1) Customs, 2) TSA equivalent. Custom agents are rude. I think they don't realize that the customer is the person bringing money to spend in Jamaica. I guess they don't want people to come back (or they just hate their job). I have traveled to many international ports and this was absolutely the worst! TSA Equivalents were equally rude and yelling at us if we did anything they didn't like. One lady forgot to take her shoes off and she was berated by the staff. I was trying to get myself put back together after going through and they yelled at me to just grab my stuff and get out of the way. These people are not nice or professional. This makes me think twice about going back.



MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review :  27 May 2013 by D Knapp    (USA)

Rating : 0/10

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Security officers were rude to my husband because he had 2 lighters, they took one. Airport, especially restrooms are dirty, went to smoking lounge and was made to buy a drink in order to sit in there.



MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review :  2 January 2013 by S Azhar    (USA)

Rating : 6/10

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Having arrived from ATL we walked through several corridors. Then a Delta representative checked our immigration papers. When we finally got to immigration we were told that we would have to redo our papers because the Delta representative tore them. This took about 1 min. Fortunately the line had become shorter by then. Jamaican customs and agriculture was very efficient. After this a uniformed Delta representative was waiting for our party. On the way back the check in kiosks kept freezing, so we had to get our boarding passes from the check in counters. We waited for 49 min in the line (only 3 counters were available). Terrible check in experience. One member of our party who was in a wheel chair had to wait for 20 min (sky priority line!). Security was very quick. Lots of restaurants in the main terminal. The airports Wi-Fi was rather slow, however our gate was next to the Air Margaritaville restaurant which had very fast Wi-Fi.



MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT review :  25 February 2011 by P Blakey   (UK)

Customer Rating :  3/5

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Arrived at 3.30pm on Saturday. This is the busy time of the day so the wait for passport control was nearly 1.5 hours. Once through all okay. I suggest that if you have a choice try to book a flight that comes in after about 5.00pm.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT review :  9 September 2010 by D Mackay   (UK)

Customer Rating :  2/5

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Disgraceful lines at immigration. Took over 2 hours to get through. Then greeted by unwelcoming and suspicious immigration officers. Then a shambles at the luggage carousel. All bags had been removed and piled in a corner. Then to cap it all, a long line at "nothing to declare," with very unfriendly customs officers. The whole dreadful experience took over 3 hours from touchdown after a 10 hour transatlantic flight. Avoid this airport at all costs.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT review :  18 March 2010 by Cody Gonzalez   (USA)

Customer Rating :  4/5

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Upon arrival you are directed to immigration, where lines were painfully long (40mins) even though 20+ podiums were open. Once we cleared that you go to pick up your bags, were it was another mess, and the screens showing which carousel your bags should be on was incorrect. We were then directed by one of the staff to the correct carousel; at this point you have to search for your bags on the floor as they were all taken of the carousel. From this point on it was fairly fast, as customs was a breeze. All in all airport is nice, clean and has lots of shopping options. Just be prepared for the lines.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 9 February 2010 by D Casson

Customer Rating :  4/5

4 Star Rating

Arrival was very good with no queues at immigration. Luggage arrived quickly. Customs no problem. Good experience. Outside the terminal can be a bit intimidating, especially if you do not know where you are going. Departure quite slow. Lots of security post Xmas Day incident. Bags searched at least twice. Boarding the Virgin Flight reminded me of my rugby days. Facilities airside OK, good nachos and Red Strip on tap so was quite happy! Could see some issues if there are several arrivals at the same time, but its Montego Bay so stay cool.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 17 November 2009 by I Maciver

Customer Rating :  4/5

4 Star Rating

Expansion continues, immigration on entry can be a pain. Make sure you are given a proper card on your flight. And fill it in before you leave the plane. You will be taken out of queue by an officer and sent over to a desk to do so. Even when you then have completed it, he may hold you back as he lets other passengers through. Customs most times is poor - most people are in the 'nothing to declare' line - with most times only 2 officers on duty. Trying to go through "To declare' line to get around it does not work. Jamaican staff can be very inflexible. Rum prices are about the same as any tourist would pay at/near his hotel.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 11 November 2009 : by Terry James

Customer Rating :  4/5

4 Star Rating

The airport has been expanded since my last trip to Jamaica. The older part has also been remodeled. Immigration was very easy with no line of any kind. There also was no line at customs. Was off the plane and out of the airport in about 20 min. They have added many new stores for those who like to shop when departing. The airport is neat and clean. Much improved from what it was in the past.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 24 October 2009 : by Leigh Blake

Customer Rating :  4/5

4 Star Rating

The main part of the airport building is rather new. The building is clean. The big problem is immigration on arrival. The line was very long and slow moving. Expect some wait if several planes arrive at the same time. Customs was quick. Lots of places to shop when you depart with prices that are not too far out of line for an airport (but few bargains). It was a hard place to exchange money when departing due to the location of the exchange booth. Food options were fine if a bit limited. The airport is much improved over my last time to Jamaica but it still needs some improvement.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 30 April 2009 : by Andre Souza

Customer Rating :  3/5

3 Star Rating

Quite modern airport, immigration is kind! the tourist information office will try to book/recommend you the 5 star resorts so watch out! a taxi to the city will cost you 8US.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 23 February 2009 : by Nina Roberts

Customer Rating :  1/5

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Arriving from London and going through immigration was horrendous. it took me one and a half hours to get through immigration on 24th Jan 2009. It took my husband, who came a week later on Jan 31st 2009, two hours and fifteen minutes to get through immigration. After a long 10 hour flight from London, already exhausted, this is unacceptable.


MONTEGO BAY AIRPORT customer review : 10 December 2008 : by Tony Freeman

Customer Rating :  5/5

5 Star Rating

What a refreshing change, an airport run by smiling friendly people even the customs officer welcomed us, a small, often overlooked aspect at many of the airports we have flown from. The airport, the shops and toilet areas were spotless, The retail outlets were not at all overpriced like most airports. All in all a very pleasant experience to the start and end of our holiday!!


Montego Bay Airport review by J Otterman

23 April 2008   Customer Rating : 5 Star Rating

Experienced the most professional & friendly people while departing Montego Bay. Security checkpoint was not stressful and rushed, gift shop vendors actually made you feel welcome and the place was clean (even though it was under renovation). Wish that some of airports in the US were operated with the same amount of class!

Montego Bay Airport review by Susan Boland

25 March 2008   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

We were at Sangster International airport March 2008. Coming was ok, but leaving was bad, the Delta people were on strike so our plane was 2 hours late due to cleaning and restocking the plane. Check in people were intentionally going extra slow and some people waited long hours to check in. No one at the airport would talk to us and let us know what was going on, or if we were even flying out the same day. Many people were there from the day before. Food is way too expensive and you can't take any liquids on your carry ont. It was air conditioned and comfortable.

Montego Bay Airport review by T Watson

26 October 2007   Customer Rating : 3 Star Rating

Lots of walking due to the renovations. But overall, reasonable. Leaving - different story. The check in was ridiculous. The Airport was more or less empty, except for our flight leaving at 8:45 pm. Almost every person experienced some sort of problem. Overweight baggage, to many bags etc. The computer system and payment desk were something out of the 1980's. It seemed that there was only 1 person that knew what was going on. He was running from station to station trying get everybody processed. Then my partner stood in a line up (at that time) of 3 people for over an hour to the pay the $100 USD to get our overweight scuba gear home. (Scuba gear is suppose to be free) Then security checks. The same guy takes my passport and about 5 others and disappears. One passenger is freaking out. Eventually, after about an hour and a half, all is well. We get past the security, metal detectors and into the "Mall" area. This part of the Airport has very modern everything, and is quite nice. It seems they forgot to get the new computers for the check in area. My advice - make sure your baggage is under the limit, returning from your trip. Buy your Rum in the Duty Free on the way back. It’s not included in the baggage weight and less expensive than the regular stores. Absolutely no liquid in your carry on. Toronto allows small amounts, but not Jamaica. Even thought they have signs every ware saying they do! Oy!


Montego Bay Airport review by Mike Bryane

21 January 2007   Customer Rating : n/a

MBJ is quite an interesting airport. Certainly one of the better in that region. There are al ot of duty free shops however, they need more restaurants. Immigration and custom hall needs to be expanded. You may have to do a lot of walking depending on where your gate is. Overall my time at the airport was pleasant it has a beautiful decor and is very spacious.

Montego Bay Airport review by Vera Williams

19 October 2006

Landed at Montego Bay. Went to the baggage hall and found that our bags had been piled on a trolley by a person who insisted on wheeling this to the customs officer. He stated he was not allowed to take the baggage any further. The distance was less than 20 yards but he still wanted a tip. I have pushed my luggage many times across this baggage hall and never thought about it. Why are these people allowed to do this? Used Montego Bay airport on my return to England. The airport has been extended and is more pleasant to use now that AC is installed. We did not find the new shops/bars and restaurants until we went to the gate, which by then there was no tiime left to use these facilities. More information after security and information about the new lay out would have been useful. Check in had been shorter than expected so that we would have appreciated the new facilities. Never mind, we will know for the next trip.

Montego Bay Airport review by Tyler Thomson

11 July 2006

It is quite modern and spacious and every time I pass through there, I am always amazed with the amount of work that is being done to improve the facility. The new international concourse is very impressive. However I do think it could be utilized a little bit more, but it is a busy airport during the rush hours of 10am to 5pm. Some problems is that the AC does not work that well in Immigrations or Customs but that will soon be changed as they are building a whole new section to replace the current immigration and customs area. There are so many shops and a new shopping concourse is suppose to open really soon. I think there should be a first class lounge for all the airlines that don’t have their own and I feel the check in lobby in the departure concourse needs to be extended. During the busy periods its way to crowded and it seems like it takes forever for you to check in. Also I think they need to raise the roof in the western concourse, it’s a little bit to low and it feels claustrophobic. If you’re an aviation fan this is a nice airport to for some spotting from the East concourse because it’s very airy and allot of glass windows. Overall I give the airport 4 out of 5. It will be nice to see the airport again once it has completed its expansion project. Maybe then Ill give it a 5 out of 5. There might be a lot of walkign also, depending on what concourse your flight departs from.

Montego Bay Airport review by Jane Abel

10 June 2006

Conditions greatly improved from Dec. '05 to February, '06. We do miss the welcoming dancers from years past. Yes the walk to the immigration queue upon departing the plane is long. The lines move quicker, once you arrive, as there are more agents. Unloading baggage in mid December took one hour. In late Feb. it was a breeze! The restrooms in the international gate area are clean & modern. Yes the prices in the new shops, restaurants are high. I think the old duty free shops were cheaper for perfumes.

Montego Bay Airport review by Ted Jay

7 February 2006

MBJ (International terminal) is an airport that is always expanding and there is something new to see every time you visit. The main problem currently are the lines, whether it be immigration, customs or checkin. They have improved on the PA system and currently expanding and modernizing the terminal. This facility should be excellent and one of the best in the caribbean once completed. I would love to see more restaurants and improvement with the public display system technology. The air condition also needs improvements. It does not work the same throughout the entire terminal. The new eastern concourse is quite modern and efficient. The Domestic terminal serves it purpose. Quite a distance from the International terminal but the airlines that operate from there does provide free transit to and from the terminals. However, there is rumours that the domestic terminal will be merged with the International terminal.

Montego Bay Airport review by Andrew Goldie

25 October 2005

Recently I travelled through MBJ on vacation. I found parts of the airport extremely run-down and the heat inside the building is unbearable, they should invest in a good air-conditioning system. On arrival we waited at passport control for over an hour, standing, there were but few desks and only a handful of staff. The international check- in area is very messy and dirty. Queues again were ridiculous! When reaching the end of the queue you are confronted by an official rushing you to a couple of fold-down tables where more official will then go through all your luggage in front of everyone then again you are pushed to a check-in desk. The international departures lounge is nice but hot, things are over priced compared to outside. The new gate area is wonderful! Although its still boiling and there are very long walks with now moving walk ways.

Montego Bay Airport review by Brian Doyle

17 August 2005

Immigration processing at MBJ is not good. It can take over an hour to get through - almost as bad as Miami. On our last visit, there were only 3 officers on duty and an uneven distribution of the feeder lines. We got funnelled to the worst one. The immigration officers do not make you feel welcome. No AC or fans were on. On the return leg, we got to MBJ 3 hours before and check-in and immigration were a breeze (although not terribly friendly). We also got harassed by the red cap porter who did not think we had tipped enough for the 30 yards he had transported our luggage! The shops at MBJ are generally quite good, but tend to close at 2200. The AC and fans were on in the departure lounge. Not good thinking by the marketing people there. Boarding was efficient. But MBJ needs to improve that airport's act and the attitude of its staff. 

Montego Bay Airport review by Tammy Nordberg

29 June 2005

Parts of the airport look very worn and run down. Not at all what you might expect of an international airport. It's also very hot inside the airport and at the gates. We were fortunate to get through Customs and Immigaration in minutes on our arrival. On our departure, we got through everything quickly until we were ready to board our plane. That's when airport security decided (or maybe this is policy) to hand check every single carry on. This process took almost an hour. Our carry on bags had already been checked by security so I'm not sure why they hand checked every bag at the gate but everyone was quite annoyed. The duty free shopping section of the airport is really nice, clean and there are plenty of stores to chose from. This part of the airport was cooler, also. Mobay airport needs much updating but it seems to run pretty smoothly even though most of the employees aren't overly friendly or helpful. 

Montego Bay Airport review by Iain Maciver

8 June 2005

MBJ or Sangster AIrport has grown from an old army airfield in WWII to a reasonable airport for a developing country. I started flying there when it was one runway and a quonset hut for a terminal. The airport operation is contracted out to a Canadian Airport Authority (Vancouver?). Current construction of a new building at the east end will alleviate most complaints (due 2006). Problem generally is the impatient intolerant pax - this airport is equivilant to a regional airport in size and traffic volume. To expect service levels to equal Heathrow or other non-american airports is unrealistic. If one is realistic & winds down to island time/speed it is a pleasant experience - people watching is VERY interesting here- I have seen more people make fools of themselves that at any other airport.. I have always found parking spots in the parking lot & it is an easy walk from their to the check-in counters. The current waiting lounge is indeed small but is more friendly that the vast majority of N American facilities. My favourite feature - you dont have to take a bus down the tarmac to even get to the plane, or even walk miles to it. The main cause for consternation is from americans who have to go through extensive/excessive? security screening as imposed by their own govt. I have seen lines from AA, etc out the door due to this. By now anyone bound for a american airport should have gotten accustomed to this and altered their check in times accordingly. Now that Air Jamaica is no longer Air Sandals indeed there have been changes but it is still a 'friendly' airline and they still represent the majority of check-in counters. And for arriving pax, the flight path in (generally from the west) provided some dramatic views of this island nation.

Montego Bay Airport review by Jay Flanagan

2 March 2005

What a terrible experience? Waited for 3 1/2 hours with my pregnant wife and 2 year old child to get through immigration upon arriving there 2/19/05. Rumor was there was a work slow down in protest of the new owners of Air Jamaica (Jamaican Gov't) For a country that owes approx. 70% of it's GDP to tourism, you'd think they would have a few intelligent people there to maintain standards of quality for the visitors that spend several thousand dollars coming to the country. I had a great stay, but a terrible experience coming AND going. Not sure if I'll ever go back.

Montego Bay Airport review by John Rosser

5 January 2005

The MBJ I found in June 2004 was old, tired and poorly staffed. What staff there were clearly were not motivated and did not give a damn about the passengers. The facilities were overcrowded and poor or non existent signing did not help The staff should be told that shouting louder at people who clearly do not understand English is not good service and that mannerisms, teeth sucking, and rude comments can clearly be understood as part of "the international language" Immigration was not much better. Not an awe inspiring experience and best avoided.

Montego Bay Airport review by Brian Murray

21 July 2004

The Facilities are quite nice and beautiful. I am looking forward to the completion of the new 12-gate concourse and the new terminal. However, I am hoping that the airport will become very profitable and viable.









 


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