The following airlines provide scheduled service to Jamaica:
Air Jamaica/Caribbean Airlines www.airjamaica.com
American Airlines www.aa.com
British Airways www.britishairways.com
Continental Airlines www.continental.com
Delta Airlines www.delta.com
Northwest Airlines www.nwa.com
Spirit Airlines www.spiritair.com
United Airlines www.united.com
US Airways www.usairways.com
Virgin Atlantic Airways www.virgin-atlantic.com
Jamaica enjoys relatively warm weather all year round, especially within the coastal areas, becoming cooler in the hilly and mountainous regions in the centre of the island and more so the Blue Mountain Peak. Jamaica is located in the tropics, surrounded by the warm Caribbean Sea, with climate changes influenced mainly by the northeast trade winds. Wet seasons occur usually during May to June and September to November. The driest period is usually December to March. Temperatures remain comfortably warm all year. The longest day occurs in June with 13.2 hours of sunshine, the shortest occurs in December with 11 hours. However the average sunshine in mountainous areas is less than six hours per day, due to cloudy conditions, while coastal areas it is near eight hours.
Courier services (Federal Express, UPS, DHL) and counter-to-counter airline deliveries are treated the same as cargo by Customs. This means that any dutiable items sent by these methods will be detained and any outgoing items/film could be searched. The Film Commission can arrange with the courier service, to provide them with a waiver of bond/duty so that your deliveries can be cleared, and a Security X-ray Pass so that your film will not be x-rayed or opened. Please alert the Commission, prior to shipping, if you will be using this system for importing or exporting.
Some airlines will not accept boxes as luggage, so please make contact with them before you plan your shipping. Items being sent by air should have space booked on the airline as far in advance as possible. If they are being taken as hand luggage discuss this with the airline in advance, and arrive at your port of departure at least three hours in advance to ensure that all your items are on board. N.B. Cargo offices are not usually open on weekends, but special pre-arrangements can be made with the airlines and Customs, through the Film Commission.
The production manager/co-ordinator or production assistant assigned to your production will, if necessary and requested, meet crew/cast and assist with arrival and clearance of equipment. For this reason, productions are asked to advise of arrival and departure schedules before and during shoot.