Tenerife-South Airport

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Tenerife–South Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur/Reina Sofía Airport
Flughaveno Tenerifo Suda, 23.jpeg
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 (2014)
Passengers 9,176,274
Passenger change 13-14 Increase5.5%
Aircraft Movements 60,290
Movements change 13-14 Increase7.7%
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 9 million passengers in 2014.


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 Tenerife airport disaster 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: Saint 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 (begins 26 October 2015),[6] Asturias, Paris–Orly, Santiago de Compostela
Seasonal: Valencia, Bilbao
Air Greenland Seasonal charter: Kangerlussuaq
AlbaStar Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Arkefly Amsterdam
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Binter Canarias
operated by NAYSA
Gran Canaria
British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Seasonal: Brussels (begins 25 October 2015)[7]
Condor Berlin–Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Manchester (begins 4 October 2015), Munich, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
easyJet Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle,[8] Rome–Fiumicino[9] (ends 6 February 2016)
Seasonal: London–Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva[10]
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin
Europe Airpost Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Strasbourg
Germania Bremen, Erfurt/Weimar
Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Münster/Osnabrück, Rostock
Charter: Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal: Hannover
Iberia Madrid, Paris–Orly
Iberia Express , Madrid, Palma de Mallorca
I-Fly Moscow–Vnukovo
Jet2.com Belfast–International, East Midlands, Edinburgh (begins 12 February 2016),[11] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Jet Time Charter: Växjö
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich (begins 31 October 2015)
Luxair Luxembourg
Meridiana Milan–Malpensa, Verona, Rome–Fiumicino
Monarch Airlines Birmingham, 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, Malaga (begins 26 October 2015)[12]
Seasonal: Bergen, Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham (begins 2 November 2015),[13] Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Edinburgh (begins 29 October 2015),[13] Gothenburg–Landvetter, Helsinki, Moss, 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, Bristol, Cardiff, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Hahn, Kraków (begins 3 November 2015), Leeds/Bradford, Linz, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Memmingen, Pisa, Prestwick, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Shannon, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Seasonal: Cork, Knock, London–Luton, Moss, Stockholm–Skavsta, Porto
Small Planet Airlines Glasgow
Seasonal charter: Vilnius
operated by Travel Service Airlines[14]
operated by Travel Service Polska[14]
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[15]
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Thomson Airways[16] Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Thomas Cook Airlines[17] Belfast–International
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Budapest, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, 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 (ends 15 December 2015)[18]
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Rotterdam
Transavia.com France Paris–Orly
TUIfly Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Hamburg, Helsinki, Karlsruhe/Baden Baden[19]
VIM Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Volotea Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino (begins 7 August 2016)[20]
Wizz Air Seasonal: Budapest (begins 30 October 2015)[21]
XL Airways France Lille



Tenerife South Airport Passenger Totals 2000-2013 (millions)
Updated: 16 January 2015. 2014 data provisional.[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
2014 9,176,274 60,290 3,376
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


Busiest international routes at Tenerife South Airport (2014)[22]
Rank City Passengers
1 United Kingdom Manchester 751.605
2 United Kingdom London Gatwick 734.056
3 United Kingdom East Midlands 285.827
4 United Kingdom Birmingham 279,023
5 United Kingdom Glasgow 249,207
6 Germany Düsseldorf 234,439
7 Belgium Brussels 220,643
8 Netherlands Amsterdam 189,443
9 United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne 185,431
10 United Kingdom London Stansted 173,692

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).


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  8. ^ "Tenerife South to Paris CDG - Cheap Flights £35.91 or less". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
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  10. ^ "Tenerife South to Geneva - Cheap Flights £48.73 or less". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jet2 announce massive growth at Edinburgh Airport". Edinburgh Airport. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Norwegian to Launch Domestic Spain Routes from late-Oct 2015". Airlineroute.net. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Norwegian Adds New UK - Canary Islands Winter Routes from Oct 2015". Airlineroute.net. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "SmartWings Contact". smartwings.com. 
  15. ^ "SmartWings Flight schedule". smartwings.com. 
  16. ^ "Thomson Airways current flight timetable". Flights.thomson.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  17. ^ "Thomas Cook Airlines current flight timetable". Book.flythomascook.com. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ "TUIfly S15 New Routes as of 09OCT14". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "New Routes from Rome S16" (in Italian). 5 October 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.origo.hu/utazas/hirek/20150420-huszezer-alatti-arrol-indul-a-wizz-air-tenerifere.html/
  22. ^ "Tenerife South Airport passengers statistics". Aena.es. Retrieved 2014-03-05. 

External links[edit]

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