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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.

Sleeping in Lajes Airport

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.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s web site for current information.  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 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.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in the airport sounds like a nightmare, there are a few small hotels near Lajes Airport.  For more options, the drive to nearby Praia da Vitória is only 10 minutes away. Visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels in Praia da Vitória, search deals and read traveller reviews.

Airport Lounges

There are currently no lounges at Lajes Airport.

Drinking Water

Information is unavailable. Does Lajes Airport have water fountains or water bottle refill stations? Click here to update this guide.

Food & Drinks

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

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.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

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


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

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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.

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).

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.

SIM Cards – A reader has asked us to include where to buy SIM Cards. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.

Lajes airport is served by the following airlines: Air Europa • Azores Airlines • Ryanair • TAP Air Portugal • SATA flights • TUI 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.

Hotel Shuttles

See also Airport Hotels above.


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

Lajes Airport Photo Gallery

See more: Lajes Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-07

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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.