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Tenerife-South Airport
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.

The airport was under construction when the Tenerife airport disaster occurred at Tenerife North Airport on 27 March 1977.

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 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.[7]

Airlines and destinations

Main hall
Control tower
Apron view (all of the airlines in this picture have ceased operations)
Exterior of airport

Destinations by airline served from Tenerife South Airport:[8]

Aeroflot Moscow-Sheremetyevo
Aer Lingus Dublin
Seasonal: Cork
Air Europa Alicante,[9]Manchester, Paris-Orly
Seasonal: Asturias, Bilbao, Valencia
Alitalia Seasonal: Rome-Fiumicino
Animawings[10] Seasonal: Bucharest
Austrian Airlines Vienna
Azur Air Charter: Moscow-Vnukovo[11]
Belavia Seasonal charter: Minsk[12]
Binter Canarias Gran Canaria, La Palma[13]
British Airways London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow[14]
Brussels Airlines Brussels[15]
Condor Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle, Munich, Stuttgart, Zürich (begins 21 May 2021)[16]
Corendon Airlines Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf (begins 6 May 2021),[17]Hannover,[18]Münster/Osnabrück, Nuremberg[19]
Corendon Dutch Airlines Amsterdam, Maastricht/Aachen[20]
easyJet Basel/Mulhouse, Berlin, Bordeaux, Bristol, Edinburgh, Geneva, Liverpool, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, Lyon, Manchester, Milan-Malpensa, Nantes, Nice, Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Amsterdam, Belfast-International, Naples, Toulouse
Edelweiss Air Zürich
Eurowings Cologne/Bonn, Düsseldorf[21]
Seasonal: Hamburg[21]
Finnair Seasonal: Helsinki
Iberia Express Madrid
Icelandair Reykjavik-Keflavík (begins 1 May 2021)[22]
Israir Airlines Seasonal charter: Tel Aviv[23]
Jet2.com Belfast-International, Birmingham, Bristol (begins 3 April 2021),[24]East Midlands, Edinburgh,[25]Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne
Lufthansa Frankfurt[26]
Seasonal: Munich
Luxair Luxembourg
Neos Bologna, Milan-Malpensa, Rome-Fiumicino, Verona
Norwegian Air Shuttle Seasonal: Bergen, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Málaga, Oslo, Oulu, Stockholm-Arlanda
Ryanair Bergamo, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Charleroi, Dublin, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Glasgow-Prestwick, Hahn, Kraków, Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Madrid, Málaga, Manchester, Pisa, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Treviso (begins 3 May 2021),[27]Warsaw-Modlin
Seasonal: Bologna, Cork, Porto, Shannon, Wroc?aw
S7 Airlines Moscow-Domodedovo
Scandinavian Airlines Seasonal charter: Bergen[28]
Smartwings Prague
SkyUp[29] Seasonal: Kyiv-Boryspil
[30][31][32][33] Seasonal charter: Aalborg, Billund, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Helsinki, Malmö, Oslo, Stockholm-Arlanda
Sundair[34] Seasonal: Kassel
TAP Air Portugal Lisbon
TAROM Seasonal: Bucharest
Transavia Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Groningen, Paris-Orly, Rotterdam/The Hague
Seasonal: Nantes
TUI Airways Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Doncaster/Sheffield, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London-Gatwick, London-Luton, London-Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Norwich
Seasonal: Belfast-International, Bournemouth, Exeter
Seasonal charter: Dublin[35]
TUI fly Belgium Brussels, Charleroi, Liège, Lille, Ostend/Bruges
TUI fly Deutschland Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hannover, Nuremberg, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart
Seasonal: Eindhoven,[36]Rotterdam
TUI fly Nordic Seasonal charter: Gothenburg,[37]Oslo,[28]Stockholm-Arlanda[37]
Seasonal charter: Kyiv-Boryspil[38]
Ural Airlines Seasonal: Saint Petersburg[39]
Volotea Bordeaux, Lyon,[40]Marseille,[41]Nantes, Toulouse
Seasonal charter: Jersey[42]
Vueling Barcelona, Paris-Orly, Rome-Fiumicino
Windrose Airlines Seasonal charter: Kiev-Boryspil
Wizz Air[43] Bucharest, Budapest, Cardiff (begins 26 March 2021),[44]Doncaster/Sheffield, Katowice,[45]London-Luton, Milan-Malpensa, Vienna,[46]Warsaw-Chopin[47]



Tenerife South Airport passenger totals 2000-2019 (millions)
Updated: 16 May 2018[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
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)[48]
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

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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