Lajes Fields

Aerogare Civil das Lajes
Praia da Vitória, Lajes, PT
+351 295 545 454


Lajes Air Base officially designated Air Base No.4 is a multi-use airfield, home to the Portuguese Air Force Base Aérea N º4 and Azores Air Zone Command (Portuguese: Comando da Zona Aérea dos Açores), a United States Air Force detachment unit (operated by the 65th Air Base Group of United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa), and a regional air passenger terminal located near Lajes and 15 km (9.3 mi) northeast of Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island in the Azores, Portugal. Located about 3,680 km (2,290 mi) east of New York City and about 1,600 km (990 mi) west of Lisbon, Portugal; the base sits in a strategic location midway between North America and Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The origin of the Lajes Field dates back to 1928, when Portuguese Army Lieutenant colonel Eduardo Gomes da Silva wrote a report on the possible construction of an airfield in the plainland of Lajes, for that branch’s aviation service (Portuguese: Aeronáutica Militar). However, the location of Achada on the island of São Miguel was chosen instead at the time for the construction of the field. In 1934, the Achada airfield was condemned due to its inadequate dimensions and adverse weather conditions, resulting in the construction of a landing strip of packed earth and a small group of support facilities by the Portuguese military at Lajes.


The Azores are a group of islands located in the North Atlantic Ocean about 2,200 miles east of New York City and approximately 900 miles west of Lisbon, Portugal. Lajes Field is located on the northeast tip of Terceira. The island measures roughly 8 miles by 15 miles and is somewhat oval in shape and is almost entirely bordered by high cliffs.
The Portuguese civilian terminal shares the runway with the American and Portuguese military. All military flights will arrive on the American side of the shared runway. If arriving on a commercial flight one will arrive on the Portuguese side. Your sponsor should be there to greet you either way.
If your sponsor is not there to pick you up at the Portuguese terminal a taxi will charge approximately ten Euro from the commercial Airport to Lajes Airbase. You can withdraw Euro with your debit card from the terminal on base. Your driver will take you there and will know where lodging is as well.
If one were to drive themselves they would take the only exit out of the Portuguese terminal and come to a traffic circle. Go 3/4 around the circle as though you were turning left. Approximately 1/4 mile down the road is a large white church on the right and a “Post Um” sign. At this intersection, you will turn left. Follow this road for 1/2 mile to a traffic circle and go around to the left again as before. You are now on base.

Quick Reference

Bldg T-326,
Lajes Field AB, PRT

(314) 535-6124

Defense Finance and Accounting Service
(888) 332-7411

DoD Safe Helpline-Sexual Assault
(877) 995-5247

Lajes Passenger Terminal
Lajes Field AB, PRT

Mid Atlantic Lodge
Lajes Field AB, PRT

Military OneSource
(800) 273-8255

USAA PCS/Deployment Guides
(877) 233-7569

Base Surroundings

Rope Adventures
Avenida Beira Mar APT 27, 9760-997
Praia da Vitória, Portugal
+351 961 804 496

Praia Grande
Praia da Vitoria, 9760-851
Praia da Vitória, Portugal

Casa de Vitorino Nemésio
Praça Francisco Ornelas da Câmara 1761, 9760-469
Praia da Vitória, Portugal
+351 295 540 106


Medical Care

COM: 011-351-295-57-3261
DSN: 535-3261

Medical care at Lajes Field, Azores is very limited, it is important that you
and your dependents are in good medical condition. Lajes has a medical
clinic on base that provides basic medical care and is available to civilian
employees for a fee. There is a Portuguese hospital on the island that will
accept American patients. If you or your dependents have medical
conditions we advise you to carefully research the availability of specific
medical care with our 65th Medical Group at Lajes Field, Azores. The 65th
Medical Group Pharmacy has limited medication in stock to provide to our
patient population at Lajes Field. We strongly advise and encourage you to
contact the 65th Medical Group’s pharmacy, at DSN: 314-535-3635 or
commercial 011-351-295-573635 to be sure that your required medication
is available here at Lajes Field, Azores. In addition to contacting our
Pharmacy we also recommend you bring at least 90 days of medication in
case our Pharmacy does not have the medication in stock.

Directions to Angra Hospital
-Make a Right if leading from Main Gate, Straight thru if leaving from Santa Rita Hill
-Make a Right at the fork (church will be in front of you)
-Continue straight until you reach another circle Make Left (¾ of the circle)to Angra
-Make a Right onto Angra Highway
-Follow the highway all the way to Angra
-(Approaching Angra you will pass the Mobile gas station) Go straight thru 2 circles
-the 3rd circle will have a statue on it. Make a Right at the circle.
-Continue Straight thru the intersection with the stoplight and straight thru the circle.Angra Hospital will be in front of you.
Follow the Urgencia signs to get to the Emergency Room (back of hospital)

Directions to Praia Clinic
-Straight thru if leaving Main Gate
-Make right just past Pizza Press. Continue on this road in direction of TTU Port Compound
-At 1st circle go right, at next circle go left, the beach will be at your left
-At Marina Hotel go right then left, this street is where Pescador’s and La Barca are located.
-At corner, by La Barca turn right, go up the road about 25th and on your right will be a large arched entrance way, this is where Praia Clinic is located.

Base Listings

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