Tenerife–South Airport

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Tenerife–South Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur/Reina Sofía Airport - GCTS
Flughaveno Tenerifo Suda, 23.jpeg
Airport type Public
Operator ENAIRE
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 (Spanish: Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur) (IATA: TFSICAO: GCTS), previously known as Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, 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. 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 Identified the need for 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 Iberia flight IB187 from Lanzarote, which was operated by a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 landing at 10:17.[3] By the end of its first year, 1 million passengers had passed through its doors.

The airport was under construction when the Tenerife airport disaster occurred at Tenerife North Airport in March 1977.


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 34 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.[4]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Main hall
Control tower
Apron view

Destinations by airline served from Tenerife South Airport:[5]

Airlines Destinations
Aeroflot Moscow–Sheremetyevo[6]
operated by Rossiya
Seasonal: Saint Petersburg
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
Air Berlin Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin–Tegel, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Nuremberg, Zürich
Seasonal: Munich, Stuttgart
Air Europa Alicante,[7] Asturias, Paris–Orly, Santiago de Compostela
Seasonal: Valencia, Bilbao
Alitalia Seasonal: Milan-Linate, Rome-Fiumicino (both begin 30 October 2016)[8][9]
ASL Airlines France Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Lyon, Strasbourg
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azur Air Moscow–Domodedovo
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk-National[10]
Binter Canarias
operated by NAYSA
Gran Canaria
British Airways London–Gatwick
Brussels Airlines Brussels [11]
Condor Berlin–Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig/Halle, Manchester, Munich, Stuttgart
easyJet Amsterdam, Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, London-Luton (begins 20 September 2016),[12] Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle[13]
Seasonal: London–Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva[14]
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Enter Air Katowice, Poznań, Warsaw–Chopin
Eurowings Düsseldorf (begins 3 November 2016),[15] Hamburg (begins 1 November 2016)[15]
Finnair Seasonal:Helsinki
Germania Bremen, Dresden, Erfurt/Weimar, Münster/Osnabrück
Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Kassel, Rostock
Charter: Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
Germanwings Cologne/Bonn
Seasonal: Hannover
Iberia Madrid, Paris–Orly
Iberia Express Madrid
Seasonal: Lyon
Icelandair Seasonal charter: Reykjavík–Keflavík
Jet2.com Belfast–International, Birmingham (begins 31 March 2017),[16] East Midlands, Edinburgh,[17] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Jetairfly Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Ostend/Bruges
Jet Time Charter: Växjö
Lufthansa Seasonal: Munich
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
Seasonal: Catania
Niki Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Salzburg, Vienna
Seasonal: Graz, Linz
Norwegian Air Shuttle Edinburgh,[18] London–Gatwick, Málaga[19]
Seasonal: Berlin–Schönefeld, Birmingham,[18] Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Oslo–Gardermoen, Oulu, Stockholm–Arlanda
Primera Air Seasonal: Aalborg, Billund, Helsinki, Malmö, Reykjavik, Stockholm
Privilege Style
operated by Swiftair
Charter: Lisbon, Porto
Ryanair Barcelona, Beauvais, Belfast-International (begins 31 October 2016),[20] Bergamo, Billund, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Charleroi, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Hahn, Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, Linz, Liverpool, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Memmingen, Pisa, Prestwick, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Sandefjord (begins 30 October 2016 ), Shannon, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze, Wrocław
Seasonal: Knock, Moss (ends 29 October 2016), Stockholm–Skavsta, Porto, Newcastle (begins 2 November 2016)
Small Planet Airlines Glasgow
Seasonal charter: Vilnius
operated by Travel Service Airlines[21]
Seasonal: Brno
operated by Travel Service Polska[21]
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[22]
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Thomson Airways[23] Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Humberside (begins 7 November 2016),[24] Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London–Gatwick, London–Luton, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Belfast–International, Dublin, Humberside,[25] Norwich, Liverpool (begins 5 May 2017)
Thomas Cook Airlines[26] Belfast–International, Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, London–Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Seasonal: Aberdeen, Cardiff
Thomas Cook Airlines
operated by SmartLynx Airlines
Seasonal: London-Gatwick
Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia Charter: Billund, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Malmö, Örebro, Oslo–Gardermoen, Stockholm–Arlanda
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Munich (begins 1 November 2016),[27] Rotterdam
Seasonal: Groningen
Transavia.com France Paris–Orly
TUI Airlines Netherlands Amsterdam
TUIfly Basel/Mulhouse, Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Nuremberg, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Helsinki, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden
VIM Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Volotea Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse
Seasonal charter: Jersey
Vueling Alicante, Barcelona, Birmingham, Manchester, Paris-Orly, Zürich
Seasonal: Málaga, Rome–Fiumicino (begins 7 August 2016),[28] Santander, Seville, Valencia, Zaragoza
Wizz Air Bucharest[29]
(begins 2 November 2016), Budapest, Katowice (begins 31 October 2016)[30]
WOW air Seasonal: Reykjavík–Keflavík[31]
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)[32]
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 services to all parts of the island, Line 343 connects the South Airport (TFS) with Tenerife North Airport (TFN).


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External links[edit]

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