Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Luanda 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.
Staff from police to immigration officials are rude, you are made to feel like a criminal
LAD Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Luanda Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport.
What to Expect
Luanda Airport (code: LAD) offers flights across Africa, Europe, and South America, but its terminal is outdated and mismanaged. Travellers complain of unclear security procedures, rude airport staff who may steal or seek bribes, crowds, dirty bathrooms, and little to no seating. Carry your yellow fever certificate but not extra cash. Dining and shopping options are limited to a restaurant, a bar, and duty-free. As of 2019, a new airport is under construction approximately 40km away and this terminal will eventually be closed. WiFi is available inside the airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.
Where to Sleep
Based on travellers’ reports, we do not recommend staying the night at this airport. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels offer shuttle service. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
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. If you have some time to spare please write a review, send a tip or share photos to help future travellers.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Luanda 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.
If sleeping in Luanda Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport. Unfortunately, if you are looking for something cheap you are in the wrong city. Here are a few of the hotel options:
- Fly Hotel – (at the airport) Located on airport grounds. No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Hotel Alvalade – (6 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
- Soleme Guest House – (10 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available for $35 USD each way. Reservation required with 24 hours notice. » Check Rates
- Rouxinol Boutique Hotel – (15 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available upon request. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Luanda Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or 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!
- Pall Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s website.
- TAAG Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside.
WiFi is available at Luanda Airport inside the lounge. [ see Airport Lounges above ] At the time of this update, we did not have any information about WiFi availability elsewhere in the terminal.
Banking Service – Yes
Currency Exchange – Currency exchange and Western Union is available at the airport.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available.
Food & Drinks – A restaurant and bar are available.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Luggage Wrapping – Yes.
Medical Services – A medical centre is available on-site.
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.
Post Office – Yes
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.
While it appears that this airport is open 24 hours, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation. If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.
Luanda airport is served by the following airlines: Lufthansa Air France • Air Namibia • Arik Air • Brussels Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • KLM • Kenya Airways • Lufthansa • Royal Air Maroc • SONAir • South African Airlines • TAAG Angola Airlines • TAP Portugal.
The airport offers both local and private bus service. At the time of this update, no further information is available.
There are no car rental agencies onsite.
Taxis are readily available 24 hours a day. Note: only cash (local currency or US Dollars) are accepted.
Last updated: 2020-10-21
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.