Tenerife South Airport

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Tenerife–South Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur/Reina Sofía Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur.jpg
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: Sankt 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, Asturias, Paris–Orly, Santiago de Compostela
Air Greenland Seasonal charter: Kangerlussuaq
AlbaStar Milan–Malpensa, Verona
Arkefly Amsterdam
Austrian Airlines Vienna (resumes 1 April 2015)
Austrian Airlines
operated by Tyrolean Airways
Vienna (ends 31 March 2015)
Binter Canarias
operated by NAYSA
Gran Canaria
British Airways London–Gatwick
Condor Berlin–Schönefeld, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Paderborn/Lippstadt, Stuttgart
easyJet Berlin–Schönefeld, Bristol, Edinburgh, London–Gatwick, Manchester, Milan–Malpensa, Paris–Charles de Gaulle,[6] Rome–Fiumicino[7]
Seasonal: London–Southend, Newcastle upon Tyne
easyJet Switzerland Basel/Mulhouse, Geneva[8]
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 (begins 7 May 2015), 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, 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, East Midlands (ends 30 April 2015),[9] 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
Seasonal: Bergen, Berlin–Schönefeld, Cologne/Bonn, Copenhagen, 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, Leeds/Bradford, Linz, Liverpool, London–Stansted, Madrid, Manchester, Memmingen, Pisa, Prestwick, Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia, Warsaw–Modlin, Weeze
Seasonal: Cork, Knock, London–Luton, Moss, Stockholm–Skavsta, Porto, Seville, Shannon
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal: Oslo–Gardermoen
Small Planet Airlines Glasgow
Seasonal charter: Vilnius
operated by Travel Service Airlines[10]
operated by Travel Service Polska[10]
Seasonal: Warsaw–Chopin[11]
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Thomson Airways[12] 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[13] 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
Charter: Yekaterinburg
Transavia.com 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 (begins 1 May 2015),[14]
VIM Airlines Moscow–Domodedovo
Volotea Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse
Vueling Barcelona
Seasonal: Rome–Fiumicino



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 (2013)[15]
Rank City Passengers
1 United Kingdom Manchester 702.915
2 United Kingdom London Gatwick 629.889
3 United Kingdom Birmingham 278.006
4 Germany Düsseldorf 246,940
5 United Kingdom East Midlands 231,265
6 United Kingdom Glasgow 224,850
7 Belgium Brussels 214,518
8 Netherlands Amsterdam 207,060
9 Germany Frankfurt 184,885
10 United Kingdom Newcastle upon Tyne 172,512

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).


External links[edit]

Media related to Tenerife South Airport at Wikimedia Commons