Saturday, May 10, 2008

Montego Bay May 2008: Arriving in Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) from Houston, TX (IAH)

11MAY08 Donald Sangster International, Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ)

We had a smooth touchdown in this airport that is named after a previous Prime Minister, and headed for the gate area. There were a few Air Jamaica airplanes at the gate, but the onslaught of the flights from the U.S. was just starting and we were the first to arrive.

As we rounded the corner for our gate, I saw a Jetairfly's Boeing 767-300ER at the gate. Chances are it came from somewhere in the U.K.

We deplaned and took the long walk to Immigration. On my way, I was able to take this picture:

There was quite a line at the Immigration counter as two other flights had arrived just about the same time. It took about 30 minutes to clear it all, then we cleared Customs pretty quickly and made our way to Avis.

In about another 20 minutes, we got our car, some local currency and were on our way.

Montego Bay May 2008: It is time to go

I was up at the crack of dawn and just before I jumped into the shower, my phone rang. It was my friend from Atlanta saying that his flight is delayed and he does not think he will make it. He mentioned that the flying time was 1:48 and looking at the clock I realized that he would be fine. He called 10 minutes later to say they were departing.

I got ready and left making my way to the airport gingerly due to road closures as there was an apparent race in town.

It was not an issue arriving at the airport and a bus to the terminals came in no time. Clearing security was not an issue then we headed for the Presidents Club for some much needed breakfast and to await a seat on the flight.