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Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

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Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Hi there,

We are flying in to Montego Bay via Air Canada on a Thursday; we land at 1:45PM. I know that Westjet lands about 20 minutes prior to. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience on customs/immigration lines around this time. I was considering the MoBay arrival service if the lines have been long; however, if it has only taken 30 minutes to get through everything, then it doesn't seem worth the extra cost.

Any response would be appreciated...thanks so much!!

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1. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Mizi,

We have come into Montego Bay a couple of times during the week. At that time of day we have had little trouble getting through the airport. Last year we arrived at 11:30 on a Tuesday and were in our resort( Sandals Royal Caribbean) having a drink at 12:30. You should not have a problem but no guarantees. We used Club Mobay when we were leaving and really felt it was worth it especially after our plane was delayed for over an hour.

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2. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Mizi

I am taking the same flight three weeks from now and I know for sure there are at least 12 flights that arrive within 45 minutes before that one. It is the reason we chose the MoBay arrival.

Check out flightstats.com and search for MBJ - there will be a list of all the flights arriving from 12:56 up until yours. Once you look at that you might make up your mind pretty quick lol

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3. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Mizi: Hubs and I arrived at Sangster on the Westjet flight you are referring to. It was a Thursday in late April so 'off season'. We landed at 1:00pm and immigration was a zoo. Two hour wait is what our Club MoBay rep told us. Obviously, we bought the Club MoBay arrival and would do so again! Peace of mind and trust me when I say Immigration was a zoo. Because of Club MoBay, it literally took us 15 minutes to get thru Immigration, pick up our luggage and pass thru Customs. Club MoBay arrival is worth it imo.

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4. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

We landed at 1:40 on Thursday, May 1st. Club Mobay was well worth it. The lines were huge. Our escort told us we saved at least an hour.

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5. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Thanks for the feedback. My follow up question would be, is it then worth it to arrange a private transfer to my resort. My thought would be if I whiz through customs and immigration but have to wait till everyone else gets through the line before the bus leaves, then I'm not on the beach any sooner. Agree?

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6. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Came in on same flight. Used Club MoBay and it was very worth it for us. On the way home our flight was delayed by 2hrs because of computer malfunction and we were glad we had it.

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7. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

OMG truhabsfan - 12 flights!

Mizi - I would book asap before they sell out of vip passes :)

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8. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

We arrived around 12:30 on the 3rd and there were only like 3 people ahead of us in line.

I will definietly look at flights arriving/departing the same time to decide whether to use them in the future though.

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9. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

Mizi: We had arranged for private transfer to SN. Others who have responded to the 'private transfer' question on other threads are split about if it makes a difference or not. Some who used Club MoBay arrival service just waited a few minutes for their resort shuttle to leave...some waited a hour. Many comment that they enjoy waiting for the shuttle since they can meet others who are going to the same resort...and others want to get to their resort asap. We were the latter. Also, if your resort doesn't have it's own arrival lounge, MoBay has a nice one where you can sit and wait if you decide to do so.

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10. Re: Airport Chaos @ 1:30 - 2:00PM on a Thursday??

I arrive on a Thursday around 12:50. I wonder if MoBay is needed???