Tenerife South Airport

Coordinates: 28°02′40″N 016°34′21″W / 28.04444°N 16.57250°W / 28.04444; -16.57250
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Tenerife South Airport

Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur

Tenerife Sur Airport - GCTS
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; -16.57250
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 second airport at a new location, because the existing airport (then called "Los Rodeos Airport"), now known as Tenerife North–Ciudad de La Laguna Airport, did not meet technical requirements due to adverse weather conditions, especially low visibility in foggy conditions; this was exemplified by the events of what became the deadliest aviation accident in history, when in 1977, two Boeing 747s collided on the runway at Los Rodeos, killing 583 people.

Only 20 months later, with the disaster still fresh in people's minds, 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] The airport was constructed close to the Tomás Zerolo airfield, which closed when TFS opened.[6] By the end of its first year, 1 million passengers had passed through its doors.[citation needed]

In June 1980, Viasa inaugurated flights to Caracas. The link served the large proportion of the Canarian diaspora that resided in Venezuela.[7] The airline ceased operations in 1997, after which Avensa started plying the route.[8][9] Due to financial problems, Avensa later let Santa Bárbara Airlines take over its flights to Spain and then began code-sharing on them.[8][10] In October 2002, Santa Bárbara commenced service to Reina Sofía Airport using a McDonnell Douglas DC-10. It switched to Tenerife North Airport four months later.[11]

United Airlines launched a route to Newark using a Boeing 757-200 in June 2022. The flight operates seasonally.[12]


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 ten are equipped with jetbridges. While the upper floor 1 contains office space and transit corridors, the basement level -1 features additional luggage belts.[13]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Main hall (2010)
Control tower (2013)
Apron view (2007)
Exterior of airport (2010)

The following airlines operate regular scheduled and charter flights at Tenerife South Airport:[14]

Aer Lingus Cork,[15] Dublin
airBaltic Seasonal: Riga, Tallinn,[16][better source needed] Tampere,[17][better source needed] Vilnius[18][better source needed]
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria
Seasonal: Funchal[19]
British Airways London–Gatwick, London–Heathrow
Brussels Airlines Brussels[20]
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich
Seasonal: Stuttgart
Corendon Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Hannover
Seasonal: Nuremberg
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam
Discover Airlines Frankfurt, Munich[21]
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Belfast–International, Berlin, Birmingham,[22] Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Liverpool, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Nantes, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Glasgow,[23] Nice
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf[24]
Seasonal: Berlin, Graz,[25] Hamburg,[24] Hannover,[25] Salzburg, Stuttgart
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Express Madrid
Icelandair Reykjavik–Keflavík[26]
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bournemouth (begins 1 April 2025),[27] Bristol,[28] East Midlands, Edinburgh,[29] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool,[30] London–Stansted, Manchester,[31] Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Marabu Munich
Neos Bologna, Rome–Fiumicino
Seasonal: Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Copenhagen, Oslo
Seasonal: Aalborg,[32] Bergen, Helsinki, Stavanger,[33] Stockholm–Arlanda
Play Reykjavík–Keflavík[34]
Royal Air Maroc Seasonal: Casablanca[35]
Ryanair Agadir, Barcelona, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bordeaux, Bournemouth, Bristol, Budapest, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Glasgow–Prestwick, Knock,[36] Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Marseille, Milan–Malpensa, Naples, Newcastle upon Tyne, Nuremberg, Pisa, Rome–Fiumicino, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Shannon, Treviso, Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw–Modlin
Seasonal: Beauvais, Cardiff,[37] Hahn, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Marrakesh (begins 2 June 2024),[38] Memmingen, Porto, Toulouse, Weeze
Scandinavian Airlines Copenhagen[39]
Seasonal: Bergen, Oslo,[39] Stavanger, Stockholm–Arlanda
Smartwings Prague
Seasonal: Brno
Sunclass Airlines[40][41][42][43] Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo, Stockholm–Arlanda
Sundair[44] Seasonal: Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Kassel[45]
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
Transavia Amsterdam, Brussels,[46] Eindhoven, Paris–Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
Seasonal: Nantes
TUI Airways Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin,[47] East Midlands, Exeter,[citation needed] Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Belfast–International, London–Luton, London–Stansted
TUI fly Belgium Antwerp,[48] Brussels, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Munich, Stuttgart
TUI fly Netherlands Amsterdam,[49] Eindhoven, Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg, Stockholm–Arlanda
United Airlines Seasonal: Newark[50]
Volotea Asturias, Bilbao,[51] Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, Toulouse
Seasonal: Lille,[52] Marseille
Vueling Barcelona, Paris–Orly
Wizz Air[53] Bucharest–Otopeni, Budapest, Gdańsk,[54] Katowice,[55] Milan-Malpensa,[56] Rome–Fiumicino, Venice, Vienna,[57] Warsaw–Chopin[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

Car Rental Companies [60][edit]

Several car rental companies authorized by AENA operate at Tenerife South Airport: AutoReisen,[61] Top Car, Cicar, Hertz, Goldcar, Europcar and Sixt. All of these companies are located in the arrivals hall for international and domestic flights. There are other vehicle rental companies operating outside the airport, but they are not authorized by AENA.

* Updated as of January 2024.

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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