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    Default TimAir or AirLink

    We are considering flying back from Couples Negril to Montego Bay when we depart. If you have flown both TimAir and AirLink, can you provide a comparison between the service you received from each of these companies?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nguc54t View Post
    We are considering flying back from Couples Negril to Montego Bay when we depart. If you have flown both TimAir and AirLink, can you provide a comparison between the service you received from each of these companies?

    Thanks!
    I have used Tim Air several times although they are slightly higher they are a good operation, pilots are safe, friendly and are there for you. I'm sure if you lookingto save a few bucks, Airlink is a good option. They have a loose "schudule" as where Tima Air flys when you arrive!

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    We've used both, one time each, both charter service (as opposed to Air Links scheduled flight). No problems with TimAir. Air Link was a little cheaper, but on our return flight, when we showed up at the Negril Aerodome, we were told that all there planes were in Kingston and that their "friends" at TimAir would be taking us back. We had to wait for TImAir to arrive and shared the plane with another couple that had scheduled TimAir. It got us into MBJ late and made it tight to catch our flight home. We were not given any compensation for the inconvenience (not that we were wanting or expecting any). I just couldn't understand how, if you have a reservation scheduled, how you do not have a plane available. If we do it again, we'll most likely use TimAir.

    I guess that means we've used TimAir 1.5 time and Air Link 0.5 times.

    Oh, we did NOT book AirLink through Couples. We booked it on our own.
    Happy & Safe Travels!

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    I have not used either, but there has been numerous topics on this and I don't recall any negative reviews about either.

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    Have used TimAir multiple times although did look into Airlink this time for flights in Dec but remain with TimAir due to their flexibilty on times on our flights from Miami. The flight arrival times and departures, if scheduled with AirLink on their SCHEDULED flights, would have saved us little time to and from. With TimAir they are there for YOU! You may pay alittle more but the personal service is well worth it!!

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    Thanks for the replies. Based on the information shared, we've opted to use TimAir because of the convenience. We did read the old postings, but services change over time and wanted to get feedback on the current level of service.

    We do have one more question as this is the part of the journey that makes my husband most uncomfortable so we'd like to know what to expect. When we arrive back at MJB, how do we get to the check-in desks? Are we going to be inundated by porters wanting to take our luggage, do the TimAir staff assist, or are we left to our own devices?

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    My "new" favorite part about taking TimAir back to Montego Bay is grabbing a few beers at the gas station next to the Negril Aerodrome. I figure "I am still on vacation and I am going to make the most of it!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by nguc54t View Post
    ... When we arrive back at MJB, how do we get to the check-in desks? Are we going to be inundated by porters wanting to take our luggage, do the TimAir staff assist, or are we left to our own devices?
    You actually are LESS likely to be inundated b/c you will not be coming into the building from the front driveway. Now that the domestic flight terminal is attached to the main airport building you will enter via a hallway on the far west of the building and be a short walk from the check-in counters. In our experience the TimAir/Int'l Airlink porters that took our luggage from the plane and through the hallway rolled it over to the check-in counter (reasonably expecting a tip).

    There may be situations where the porter has to drop you off at the TimAir/Int'l Airlink counters to take care of a quick turnaround of the plane for people departing Montego Bay.

    If you take the flight from MBJ to Negril, when you check-in at TimAir's desk you'll see where they are located. Look from their counter towards the security check point you need to clear to go out on the tarmac to catch your flight and just to the left is where you will arrive when returning. You'll quickly realize how close you are to the International Departure check-in counters.

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    nguc:

    The TimAir staff will remove your bags from the TimAir plane and escort you to the check-in desk for your departing flight.

    The TimAir and Air Link planes gate at the same building as the rest of the planes, except at the other end of the terminal. It is an easy walk to get to the check-in area. No worries. They'll take good care of you.
    Happy & Safe Travels!

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    So, they moved TimAir and Intl Airlink out of the old building and over to the the newer facilities? That would mean no more shuttle rides around the airport, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimpat1 View Post
    So, they moved TimAir and Intl Airlink out of the old building and over to the the newer facilities? That would mean no more shuttle rides around the airport, right?
    Correct...you walk to and from the TimAir/Air Link planes now.
    Happy & Safe Travels!

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    That's nice. That old van of thiers had seen it's better day. Lover TimAir. Curtis is the best.

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    Curtis left TimAir earlier this year and went to work in the middle east.

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    Wow. Good for him, I guess. Had fun flying with him.

    One time we were flying to Negril in the bigger plane. Just taking the usual route west and then around the corner. Well there were some squalls out there and the clouds went back up to the mountains as they usually do. He was on the phone a couple times asking for info. So we are halfway down the north side of the island and he sees a hole in the clouds over the mountain so he turns left and goes for it. By the time we got there the hole closed so he had to make a big arching 180 and we were already fairly close to the mountains. Got some great views of a couple villages up in the hills (which was an eye opener as well) and then back out to sea and followed the regular route the rest of the way. It was a fun flight. We had a couple noobs with us and they just loved it.

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