Tenerife South Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur/Reina Sofía Airport
|IATA: TFS – ICAO: GCTS|
|Operator||Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea|
|Location||Granadilla de Abona, Spain|
|Elevation AMSL||64 m / 209 ft|
|Passenger change 10-11||17.6%|
|Movements change 10-11||12.0%|
|Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA
Spanish AIP, AENA
Tenerife South Airport (IATA: TFS, ICAO: GCTS), previously known as Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, is one of two international airports located on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands (the second one being Tenerife North Airport). The airport is the busier of the two Tenerife airports.
The airport is located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona and was inaugurated on 6 November 1978, by Queen Sofía of Spain, to whom the airport is dedicated; by the end of its first year, 1 million passengers had passed through its doors.
The public bus service TITSA offers cheap and quick services to all parts of the island, Line 343 connects the South Airport (TFS) with the North Airport (TFN)
Tenerife South handled over 8.6 million passengers in 2011. Combined with Tenerife North Airport, the island gathers the highest passenger movement in the Canary Islands with 12,751,583 passengers.
In the late sixties, 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.
In 1977, the control tower, terminal building and taxiways were completed.
The airport was opened by Queen Sofía on 6 November 1978. 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.
Airlines and destinations
Destinations by airline served from Tenerife South Airport:
|Updated: 26 January 2012. 2011 data provisional.|
|Passengers||Aircraft movements||Cargo (tonnes)|
|Source: Aena Statistics|
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- Volotea begin Bordeaux-Tenerife South seasonal service from December 2013