Tenerife South Airport

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Tenerife South Airport

Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur / Aeropuerto Internacional Reina Sofía

Tenerife Sur / Reina Sofía Airport - GCTS
Aena Tenerife S.svg
Flughaveno Tenerifo Suda, 23.jpeg
Airport typePublic
LocationGranadilla de Abona
Elevation AMSL64 m / 209 ft
Coordinates28°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
07/25 3,200 10,498 Asphalt
Statistics (2019)
Passenger change 18-19Increase 1.1%
Movements change 18-19Increase 0.5%
Cargo (t)2,188
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA [1][1]
Spanish AIP, AENA[2]

Tenerife South Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur) (IATA: TFS, ICAO: GCTS), also known as Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport,[3] is the larger of the two international airports located on the island of Tenerife (the other being Tenerife North Airport) and the second busiest in the Canary Islands (after Gran Canaria Airport). It is located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona and handled over 11 million passengers in 2018. Combined with Tenerife North Airport, the island gathers the highest passenger movement of all the Canary Islands, with 12,248,673 passengers,[4] surpassing Gran Canaria Airport.


In the late 1960s, the island authorities of Tenerife found the need for a new airport at a new location, because the existing airport did not meet technical requirements due to adverse weather conditions, especially low visibility in foggy 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 Iberia flight IB187 from Lanzarote, which was operated by a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 landing at 10:17.[5] By the end of its first year, 1 million passengers had passed through its doors.

The airport was constructed close to the Tomás Zerolo airfield, which closed when TFS opened.[6]


Tenerife South consists of one three-storey passenger terminal in a classic brick style. The main level, Floor 0, contains all check-in and service counters, the departures waiting areas as well as the arrivals and main baggage reclaim. The departures area features 40 boarding gates of which eight are equipped with jetbridges. While the upper floor 1 contains office space and transit corridors, the basement level -1 features additional luggage belts.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Main hall
Control tower
Apron view
Exterior of airport

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Tenerife South Airport:[8]

Aer Lingus Dublin
Air France Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Animawings[9] Seasonal: Bucharest
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Avion Express Seasonal charter: Vilnius
Azur Air Charter: Moscow–Vnukovo[10]
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Funchal[11]
Blue Air Seasonal: Bucharest[12]
British Airways London‐Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels[13]
Chair Airlines Seasonal: Zürich (resumes 2 November 2022)[14]
Condor Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Brussels, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf,[15] Hannover,[16] Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg[17]
Seasonal: Copenhagen[18]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen[19]
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Lisbon (begins 2 November 2022),[20] Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Glasgow,[21] Naples
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf,[22] Prague
Seasonal: Hamburg[22]
Eurowings Discover Seasonal: Frankfurt
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Express Madrid
Icelandair Reykjavik–Keflavík[23]
Israir Airlines Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv[24]
Jet Time Seasonal charter: Helsinki
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol,[25] East Midlands, Edinburgh,[26] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt[27]
Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Verona
Niceair Seasonal: Akureyri[28]
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo, Oulu, Stavanger (resumes 5 November 2022),[29] Stockholm–Arlanda
Novair Seasonal charter: Stockholm–Arlanda[30]
PLAY Reykjavík–Keflavík[31]
Ryanair Agadir, Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bristol, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow–Prestwick, Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Pisa, Porto, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Shannon, Treviso, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Beauvais, Bordeaux (begins 1 November 2022),[32] Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Memmingen, Nuremberg (begins 30 October 2022),[32] Toulouse (begins 31 October 2022),[33] Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen,[34] Gothenburg[30]
Smartwings Prague
SkyUp[35] Seasonal: Kyiv–Boryspil
Sunclass Airlines[36][37][38][39] Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Sundair[40] Seasonal: Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Kassel (resumes 2 November 2022)[41]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
Seasonal: Brussels (begins 2 November 2022),[42] Lyon (begins 5 November 2022),[43] Nantes
TUI Airways Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield (ends 4 November 2022),[44] Dublin,[45] East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Edinburgh, London–Luton
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Lille, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Seasonal: Eindhoven
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[46] Oslo,[34] Stockholm–Arlanda[46]
Ukraine International Airlines Seasonal charter: Kyiv–Boryspil[47]
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark[48]
Volotea Asturias, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse
Seasonal: Lille (begins 13 October 2022)[49]
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Orly
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Billund (begins 31 October 2022),[50] Copenhagen (begins 22 October 2022),[51] London–Gatwick (begins 6 December 2022)[52]
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kyiv–Boryspil
Wizz Air[53] Bucharest, Budapest, Cardiff,[54] Katowice,[55] London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Milan–Malpensa, Rome–Fiumicino, Vienna,[56] Warsaw–Chopin[57]
Seasonal: Venice (begins 1 November 2022)[58]



Annual passenger traffic at TFS airport. See Wikidata query.
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
2015 9,117,514 58,462 2,844
2016 10,472,713 65,882 2,809
2017 11,248,882 69,846 2,797
2018 11,042,481 69,910 2,483
2019 11,168,506 70,277 2,188
Source: Aena Statistics[1]


Busiest international routes at Tenerife South Airport (2018)[59]
Rank City Passengers
1 United Kingdom Manchester, United Kingdom 810,228
2 United Kingdom London Gatwick, United Kingdom 711,364
3 United Kingdom London Stansted, United Kingdom 354,159
4 United Kingdom Birmingham, United Kingdom 337,548
5 United Kingdom East Midlands, United Kingdom 329,798
6 Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 314,033
7 Belgium Brussels, Belgium 274,903
8 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 263,368
9 United Kingdom Edinburgh, United Kingdom 257,609
10 United Kingdom Newcastle, United Kingdom 249,369

Ground transport[edit]

The public bus service TITSA offers services to all parts of the island. Line 343 connects the South Airport (TFS) with Tenerife North Airport (TFN). The planned Tren del Sur will serve the airport if it is built.


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External links[edit]

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