Tenerife South Airport

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Tenerife-South Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur/Reina Sofía Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea
Serves Tenerife
Location Granadilla de Abona, Spain
Elevation AMSL 64 m / 209 ft
Coordinates 28°02′40″N 016°34′21″W / 28.04444°N 16.57250°W / 28.04444; -16.57250Coordinates: 28°02′40″N 016°34′21″W / 28.04444°N 16.57250°W / 28.04444; -16.57250
TFS is located in Canary Islands
Location in the Canary Islands
Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,200 10,498 Asphalt
Statistics (2013)
Passengers 8,701,983
Passenger change 12-13 Increase2.0%
Aircraft Movements 55,987
Movements change 12-13 Decrease0.4%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA[1]
Spanish AIP, AENA[2]

Tenerife South Airport (IATA: TFSICAO: GCTS), previously known as Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, is one of two international airports located on the island of Tenerife (the other being Tenerife North Airport) and the largest of the Canary Islands. It is located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona and handled over 8.5 million passengers in 2012.


In the late 1960s, the island authorities of Tenerife said they needed a new airport at a new location as the existing airport did not meet technical requirements due to adverse weather conditions.

The new airport was inaugurated on 6 November 1978, by Queen Sofía of Spain, to whom the airport is dedicated. The first flight was an Iberia running flight IB187 from Lanzarote, which was operated by a McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The flight landed at 10:17.[3]By the end of its first year, 1 million passengers had passed through its doors.

In 1977, the control tower, terminal building and taxiways were completed before the world's worst aviation accident occurred at Tenerife North Airport in March.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Air Greenland Boeing 757-200 at Tenerife South Airport
British Airways Airbus A320-200 at Tenerife South Airport

Destinations by airline served from Tenerife South Airport:[4]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo[5]
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: St Petersburg
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
airBaltic Seasonal charter: Riga
Air Berlin Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin-Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Nuremberg, Zürich
Seasonal: Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart
Air Europa Alicante, Asturias, Paris-Orly, Santiago de Compostela
Air Greenland Seasonal charter: Kangerlussuaq
AlbaStar Milan-Malpensa, Verona
AirTenerife Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza
ArkeFly Amsterdam, Fortaleza, Natal
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Binter Canarias
operated by Naysa
Gran Canaria
British Airways London-Gatwick
Condor Berlin-Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
EasyJet Berlin-Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, London-Gatwick, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa
Seasonal: London-Southend (ends 14 April 2015), Newcastle upon Tyne
EasyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw-Chopin
Europe Airpost Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Strasbourg
Germania Bremen, Erfurt-Weimar
Summer seasonal: Münster/Osnabrück (begins 7 May 2015)
Winter seasonal: Berlin-Schonefeld, Rostock
Charter: Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Zweibrücken
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal: Hannover
Good Fly[6] Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Iberia Madrid, Paris-Orly
Iberia Express Madrid, Mallorca
I-Fly Moscow-Vnukovo
Jet2.com Belfast-International, East Midlands, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Brussels, Charleroi, Gran Canaria, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Jet Time Charter: Växjö
Luxair Luxembourg
Meridiana Milan-Malpensa, Verona, Rome–Fiumicino
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, East Midlands (ends 30 April 2015),[7] Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Manchester
Neos Bologna, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Milan-Malpensa, Verona
Niki Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Salzburg, Vienna
Seasonal: Graz, Linz
Norwegian Air Shuttle London-Gatwick
Seasonal: Bergen, Berlin-Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Helsinki, Moss/Rygge, Oslo-Gardermoen, Oulu, Sandefjord, Stockholm-Arlanda, Trondheim, Warsaw-Chopin
Privilege Style
operated by Swiftair
Charter: Lisbon, Porto
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Bergamo, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bremen (ends 27 March 2015), Bristol, Cardiff, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden (ends 14 January 2015), Leeds/Bradford, Linz, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Maastricht/Aachen (ends 23 March 2015), Madrid, Manchester, Memmingen, Pisa, Prestwick, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Summer seasonal: Cork, Knock, London Luton, Porto, Seville, Shannon
Winter seasonal: Moss, Stockholm-Skavsta
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Oslo-Gardermoen
Small Planet Airlines Glasgow-International
Seasonal charter: Vilnius
operated by Travel Service Airlines
Prague, Budapest
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Thomson Airways[8] Aberdeen, Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow-International, Leeds/Bradford, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Thomas Cook Airlines[9] Belfast-International, Goa
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Budapest, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow-International, London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Malmö, Örebro, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm-Arlanda
Transaero Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Charter: Yekaterinburg
Transavia.com Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam
Transavia.com France Paris-Orly
TUIfly Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hamburg, Helsinki
VIM Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Volotea Bordeaux, Nantes
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino



Tenerife South Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2013 (millions)
Updated: 2 March 2014.[1]
Passengers Aircraft movements Cargo (tonnes)
2000 9,111,065 62,096 12,019
2001 9,111,065 61,055 11,469
2002 8,980,465 63,527 10,769
2003 8,852,878 62,506 8,775
2004 8,632,178 62,824 9,218
2005 8,631,923 63,649 9,770
2006 8,845,668 65,774 9,414
2007 8,639,341 65,036 9,168
2008 8,251,989 60,779 8,567
2009 7,108,073 49,779 5,371
2010 7,359,150 51,858 4,293
2011 8,656,487 58,093 4,480
2012 8,530,729 56,210 3,906
2013 8,701,983 55,987 3,395
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


Busiest international routes at Tenerife South Airport (2013)[10]
Rank City Passengers
1 United Kingdom Manchester 702.915
2 United Kingdom London Gatwick 629.889
3 United Kingdom Birmingham 278.006
4 Germany Düsseldorf 246,940
5 United Kingdom East Midlands 231,265
6 United Kingdom Glasgow 224,850
7 Belgium Brussels 214,518
8 Netherlands Amsterdam 207,060
9 Germany Frankfurt 184,885
10 United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne 172,512

Ground transport[edit]

The public bus service TITSA offers cheap and quick services to all parts of the island, Line 343 also connects the South Airport (TFS) with Tenerife North Airport (TFN).


  1. ^ a b c "AENA passenger statistics and aircraft movements". Aena.es. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  2. ^ "Spanish AIP (AENA)". Aena.es. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. ^ "History Tenerife South Airport". Aena.es. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Airports of the World connected with: Tenerife". Aena.es. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Аэрофлот начинает полеты на Тенерифе". Новости. Aeroflot. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.goodfly.es
  7. ^ http://www.monarch.co.uk/news/flights/2014-news/monarch-airlines-to-stop-flying-from-east-midlands-base-in-2015
  8. ^ "Thomson Airways current flight timetable". Flights.thomson.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  9. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines current flight timetable". Book.flythomascook.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  10. ^ "Tenerife South Airport passengers statistics". Aena.es. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 

External links[edit]

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