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Lajes Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Lajes Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

TER Airport Overview

Lajes airport guide
Lockers (Photo courtesy of a SleepingInAirports contributor / June 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Lajes International Airport.

What to Expect

Lajes Airport (code: TER) has a small terminal that handles a few commercial flights from Europe and North America and serves as a military base. Facilities include three small cafes and a few shops. Free WiFi helps pass the time.  For added comfort while you wait, an airport lounge is available. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews, but this airport may close nightly from 1:00AM to 5:00AM. Have a backup plan if you are trying to spend the night here. For uninterrupted sleep, hotels are nearby. See our Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Lajes Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Lajes airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport (under 5km).

  • Hotel Branco – (4km from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Espirito Santo Hotel – (3.5km from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Praia Marina – (5km from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Hotel Varandas do Atlantico – (5km from the airport) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Lajes Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Sata Plus Lounge – Location: Aerogare Civil Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Unlimited Free WiFi is available at Lajes Airport. Connect to the “”Aerogare.Azores.Gov”” network.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Levels 1 and 3.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available on the 2nd Floor. Shopping is otherwise limited to 3 other shops including a convenience style shop.

Food & Drinks – The airport has three small cafes. Locations: Check-in, landside, 3rd floor • Departures, landside, 2nd floor • Departures, airside, 2nd floor.

Information Desk – A SATA information desk is located landside in the Check-In area (level 3). An Azores tourist information desk is located landside in the Arrivals area (level 1).

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Arrivals area, downstairs, just before you exit the building.  A reader tells us: “They are bright blue and are near the glass doors to the outside, but around the corner to the left and then left again. Put your items in an open locker, insert coins in the kiosk machine and submit your locker number, and a token will pop out of the kiosk. When you return for your luggage, insert the token in the kiosk and the locker door should open for you. ”

Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know,  click here to update this airport guide.

Postal Service – Send your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s post office. Location: landside, 2nd floor. Hours: 9:00AM – 12:30PM and 2:00PM – 5:30PM (Mon-Fri). Closed on weekends.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

In August 2018, a reader let us know that the airport is closed between 1:00AM and 5:00AM. This has not been confirmed by the airport but you should have a backup plan if you plan to spend the night.


Lajes airport is served by the following airlines: Air Europa • Azores Airlines • RyanairTAP Air PortugalSATA flightsTUI Fly.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is connected to the local bus system. For routes, fares and schedules, visit the EVT website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Angrauto • Autatlantis • Auto Ramalhense • Goldcar • Ilha 3 Rent-A-Car • Ilha 9 Rent-A-Car • Ilha Verde Rent-A-Car • Rent Angra • 296 Rent-A-Car.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.

Last updated: 2020-06-17

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.