Sleeping in Airports

Wilmington Airport Guide

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

Smaller airport but less congested than Jacksonville and Charlotte and really easy to navigate. – a traveller (2016)

ILM Airport Overview

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

What to Expect

Wilmington Airport (code: ILM) consists of a small renovated terminal with a few shops and eateries. WiFi is available and there are electronic charging stations near the gates. There are no private lounges at this airport.

Where to Sleep

We do not yet have any sleep-related airport reviews.  Have a backup plan if you’re planning to spend the night.   For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Good to Know

If you have an especially delay, or are otherwise bored, the terminal has a public putting green.

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.

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 Wilmington Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Wilmington, NC – (10 mins from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Comfort Suites – (10 mins from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Quality Inn – (10 mins from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport Lounges

There are no pay-per-use lounges at the airport.

Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Wilmington airport. Connect to the “Fly ILM” network.

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

Art in the Airport – While waiting to depart, check out the airport’s art gallery, which features artwork from the region. Location: Landside.

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs, operated by BB&T, 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, by the mailboxes behind the Information Desk • Airside, on the right hand side of the gate area entrance.

Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, restrooms both landside and airside offer baby changing facilities. Additionally, landside you will find a Baby Change Room which includes a chair for nursing.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts (Smarte Carte) are available along the back wall of the baggage claim area. Rate: unknown.

Currency Exchange – Not available.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. Airside you will find a news/gift kiosk open according to flight schedules.

Food & Drinks – At the time of this update, four restaurants operate at this airport, none of which are open 24-hours. Dining options include:

  • Landside, Arrivals: Co Pilot Coffee snack bar/gift shop (8:00AM – 7:00PM)
  • Airside: Radar Bar (Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM) • Jet Stream Burger Bar (Hours: 10:00AM – 6:00PM) • Wheels Up Pizza (Hours: 4:45AM – last departing flight) are located Airside.

Information Desk – Have any questions? Visit the airport information desk for assistance! located in the main lobby. Hours: unknown.

Mobile Charging – Electronics charging stations can be found Airside. Look for the “Plug n, Power Up” signs.

Postal Services – Drop off your last minute postcards at the airport’s mailbox. Location: Atrium of the main terminal.

Putting Green – Practice your game at the airport while waiting for your luggage.

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.


Wilmington airport is served by the following airlines: American AirlinesDelta Air Lines • United Airlines.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Local Bus #207 connects the airport to downtown Wilmington (Monday – Friday only). For fares, route and schedule information, visit the Wave Transit website.

Car Rentals

The following car rental agencies offer service onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National • Thrifty.


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

Last updated: 2021-10-20

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.