Tenerife North Airport (TFN/GCXO)

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Tenerife Norte 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 Northern 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 1,559 lodgings with more than 405,800 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.

Marketing and other support

See the incentive scheme Aena offers airlines in 2016 and discover which suits your type of operation best:
  • For increasing number of passengers on a route;
  • Seasonality;
  • Off-peak days;
  • Connecting flights;
  • Freight: is exempted of cargo charge from the 5 July 2014;
  • Note: A 1.9% reduction in all the airport charges will be effective on 1st March 2016.

The conditions of the Aena Incentive scheme and PR support 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, temporary discounts on parking, VIP lounges, shops and F&B, 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

To contact the local authorities, please go to http://www.todotenerife.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 one million population lives in the metropolitan area served by the airport. 37% 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.
  • 889,900 people are living in Tenerife.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

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


The island’s “special status” within the EU permits it to have reduced direct and indirect taxation as well as various fiscal incentives and economic aid for business investment:

  • Reduced Taxation
    • Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) – A low Corporation Tax Zone (4%) that promotes the establishment of new businesses, conditional upon minimum levels of investment and job creation.
    • Discount for production of tangible assets – An incentive that offers a 50% reduction on tax liability on profits attributed to production and industrial activities.
    • Canary Islands General Indirect Tax – A tax that is similar to VAT but specific to the Canary Islands and with lower applicable rates. The general rate is 7%.
    • Special taxes – The taxes on fuels, alcoholic drinks, and certain types of transport are significantly lower than those in the rest of the EU.

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 over 70 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

2015 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 3,744,944 domestic passengers; 59,823 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 100% scheduled flights.
  • Freight: 12,819 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (top five): Binter+Naysa, Air Europa, Vueling, Iberia Express and Ryanair.


Airport charges

Annual report

Annual and CR inform 2015