Sleeping in Airports

New Orleans Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our New Orleans 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.

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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 New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport.

What to Expect

New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport consists of two terminals (East and West), with two concourses each (A and B and C and D respectively) connected by a central ticketing alley. The airport is known for being constantly undergoing renovations and Concourse A is closed until further notice. Dining, shopping and other amenities are considered modest for its size, with the best options located in the two newest concourses (C and D). The airport does have a festive air, with live music, colourful decor and comfortable seating, as well as WIFi and plenty of power outlets for charging mobile devices. Additional comfort can be found through fee-based access to the airport’s first class lounge. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below.

Sleeping in New Orleans Airport

new orleans airport guideAfter security checkpoints close for the night, all passengers are restricted to the landside areas, and must re-clear security the next day when the checkpoints open. Reviewers note that the landslide area has comfortable recliners and sofas, soft lighting and stays relatively quiet during the overnight hours. The airport may be a bit cold due to the air conditioning, so consider bringing an extra layer or travel blanket if you are planning to spend the night. For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Coronavirus update: You can read the airport’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update here

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. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change.

Airport Lounges

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

Passes The Club MSY – Location: Airside, Concourse A, 3rd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes •  Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

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.

Delta Sky Club – Location: between Gate 2 & 4, Concourse D. Lounge Access: Elite Status • Lounge membership programs.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in New Orleans Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Hilton New Orleans Airport – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located across the street from the airport entrance. Free 24-hour airport shuttle is available on demand. Shuttle picks up at the Transportation Center, located on the 1st floor across from the baggage claim area. Shuttle drops off curbside on the 2nd floor, Departures Level. » Check Rates
  • Days Inn New Orleans Airport – (5 minute walk from the airport) Located across the street from the airport entrance. Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn New Orleans Airport North – (7 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at New Orleans Airport. There are access points in 85% of the terminals’ main level. Connect to the “LANOIA_FREE_WIFI” 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: Landside and Airside.

Baby Care Facilities – Feed and care for your baby in comfort and privacy in the Mother’s Room. Changing table, comfortable seating, and power outlets are available. A Mother’s Room is located airside in each concourse.

Banking Services – Full-service banking and foreign currency exchange is available at Whitney Bank. Location: Above the Concourse C checkpoint in the Parabola Lobby. Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM (Mon-Thurs) 9:00AM – 5:30PM (Fri). Closed on weekends and public holidays.

Currency Exchange – Travelex Currency Exchange and Business Center. Location: West Terminal, landside, near the United and Delta ticket counters. Hours: 7:00AM – 9:00PM (Sun,Wed,Fri) 5:00AM – 9:00PM (Mon,Tues,Thurs,Sat). Western Union services are available daily until 6:30PM. Services are also available at the Whitney Bank, see Banking Services above.

Duty Free & Shopping – Some of the airport shops provide duty free shopping. In addition, the airport offers a good variety of shops to pass the time.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, there were no 24-hour food concessions. Many food concessions begin to open at 5:00AM. Vending machines are also available.

Information Desk – Location: Concourse C, second level. Hours: 5:00AM – 9:00PM.

Live Music – The airport offers live music in one location landside and three locations airside. Musicians play Monday – Friday.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Landside, between Baggage Claims 5 and 6. Hours: 24 hour accessibility on request.

Mobile Charging – Charging stations are available throughout the landside and airside areas of the terminal. You can also rent or purchase a Mobile Qube on-the-go charging device from one of the Mobile Qube kiosks, located in the Baggage Claim area and on each concourse.

Pet Relief Area – A designated pet relief area is located in front of the west side of the Short Term Parking Garage. You can reach it by exiting the terminal through the doors near baggage carousels 12 – 14.

Post Office – Accepting drop-offs only. Location: The Ticketing Lobby near the Concourse A/B main lobby.

Police / Security – Location: on the second level in the Concourse C Lobby near Dunkin Donuts.

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.

Smoking – There are designated smoking areas on the upper and lower ramps outside the terminal.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Keep in mind that TSA, airline check-in and baggage drop hours vary according to the flight schedule. Check these hours with your airline. If you are in the public area of the terminal (landside) you will not be able to get through to the secure area of the terminal (airside) until the morning.


New Orleans airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Air Transat • Alaska Airlines • Allegiant Airlines • American Airlines • British Airways • Condor • Copa • Delta • Frontier Airlines • JetBlue • Southwest Airlines • Spirit Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • United Airlines • Vacation Express.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is connected to downtown New Orleans with nine daily departures. In addition, the Airport-Downtown Express (E-2) bus runs a 50-minute route between the airport and downtown New Orleans, via Airline Drive. Buses pick up and drop off passengers at the airport bus stop, located outside of Entrance 7 on the 2nd level. At the time of this June 2019 update, bus fare is $2 per person, one-way. For route maps, schedules and fare information, visit the Jefferson Transit website.

Car Rentals

Car rentals are handled in the Consolidated Rental Car Facility, located in a separate building that is just a short walk from Concourses B, C and D. A covered walkway connects the facility to the outside of the West Terminal Baggage Claim (Claims 12 – 14). The following car rental agencies are located onsite: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Comfort Inn New Orleans Airport   •   Comfort Suites New Orleans Airport   •   Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans Airport   •   Days Inn New Orleans Airport   •   Doubletree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans Airport   •   Hampton Inn Metairie   •   Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport   •   Hilton New Orleans Airport   •   Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Airport   •   La Quinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Airport   •   Radisson Hotel New Orleans Airport   •     Wyndham Garden Hotel New Orleans Airport.

See Airport Hotels above.


Go Airport Shuttle New Orleans offers door-to-door shared ride shuttle service between the airport and hotels in downtown New Orleans. At the time of this June 2019 update, a one-way fare between the airport and the CBD (Central Business District) is $24 per person, one-way or $44 per person, round trip, including three pieces of luggage.


Taxis are available on the lower level, outside of baggage claim, on a 24-hour basis. All taxis are metered, and reservations are not required. At the time of this June 2019 update, a one-way fare between the airport and the CBD (Central Business District) is $36 – $45.

Last updated: 2020-03-13

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.