Tenerife North Airport (TFN/GCXO)

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Tenerife North serves the metropolitan area of the island with strong links to mainland Spain – 98% of airport traffic is domestic, including inter-island hoppers.

A lack of international services means connections to Europe are particularly sought after.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Island with important tourism attractions. Nice beaches and nature reserves. Two World Heritage Sites.
  • Tenerife has a population of more than 900,000 inhabitants and 1,565 lodgings with more than 54,800 beds.
  • Good facilities to play sports such as sailing, golf, diving, etc.

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the biggest in the world and culminates in the ritual 'burial of the sardine'. Unspoilt Santa Cruz is applying to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

Santiago runwayAena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. CLICK TO EXPAND

Marketing and other support

Aena offers airlines an extensive range of incentives. See the new incentive that Aena offers airlines in 2018 and discover which one suits your type of operation best:
  • For new routes;
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route: on long-haul routes, on airports with less than three million passengers and seasonal airports during the off-peak season;
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • Airport charges decrease on average by 2.2% annually until 2021.

The conditions of the Aena Incentive scheme are according to the wording included in the legislation in force. For more information please visit: http://www.aena.es/en/airlines/incentives.html


Aena collaborates on an ongoing basis with airlines on aspects such as organising events relating to first flights, advertising in media belonging to Aena, press releases, publicity on social networks, information to travel agencies associations etc. All of this is geared towards achieving greater visibility and publicity for the launch of new routes or new bases.

For more information please visit: http://www.aena.es/en/airlines/promotional-marketing.html

Potential cooperation from the Spanish Tourism Board (Tourspain): infosmile@tourspain.es

Market information: statistics and market analysis on request at airlinebox@aena.es

The map shows the population living close to Tenerife North Airport (the green square) and the nearest airports in the area. Half of Tenerife's 900,000 population lives in the metropolitan area served by the airport. 33% of airport traffic is business-related, with a significant proportion travelling onwards to other points.

Catchment Area

  • There are 2.1 million people living across the Canary Islands.
  • 894,636 people live in Tenerife.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

Handling over 13,000 tonnes of cargo per annum, Tenerife North is the second largest cargo airport on the archipelago.


Located only 11 kilometres from downtown Santa Cruz, the airport is the inter-island hub for the archipelago, offering a range of onward connections throughout Spain, inclusive of 80 weekly services to Madrid.


  • Tenerife Norte Airport is located 11 kilometres from Santa Cruz, in the town of San Cristobal de la Laguna.

Road access

  • Access to the airport is via the TF-5 motorway which links Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz.

Bus access

  • Line 102: Santa Cruz-Aeropuerto Norte-Puerto de la Cruz-Aeropuerto Norte
  • Line 107: Santa Cruz-Aeropuerto Norte-Buenavista.
  • Line 108: Santa Cruz-Aeropuerto Norte-Icod de los Vinos.
  • Line 343: Puerto de la Cruz-Aeropuerto Norte-Aeropuerto Sur-Los Cristianos.

Infrastructure & Operations

Tenerife North runway

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

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Vital statistics

2017 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 4.7m domestic passengers; 29,082 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 99% scheduled flights; 1% charter flights.
  • Freight: 13,044 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (top five): Binter+Naysa, Air Europa, Iberia Express, Vueling and Norwegian.


Airport charges

Annual report