Tenerife South Airport (TFS/GCTS)

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Astonishingly Tenerife South, one of the most holiday-oriented airports of them all, still has the potential for several European leisure routes.

Tourism infrastructure is becoming increasingly sophisticated, specialist, and able to offer a full spectrum from budget to full service.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Tenerife is an island with important tourism attractions – including nice beaches and nature reserves. It also has two World Heritage Sites, El Teide, the third largest volcano in the world, and the city San Cristobal de la Laguna.
  • Great facilities to play water sports such as sailing and diving, as well as other sports like golf.
  • Tourists can experience visiting one of the largest lava tubes in the world – ‘Cave of the Wind’ is the largest volcanic tube in the EU with a length of 17 kilometres and the fifth largest in the world (after the four volcanic tubes located in Hawaii).
  • Carnival on this island has become one of the world’s largest celebrations – it is an explosion of joy and freedom that perfectly brings together the essence of this universal fiesta.
  • The gastronomy is one of the strengths of the island – try the famous papas arrugadas with mojo picón.
  • Wide variety in climate and height, you can either enjoy warm temperatures sunbathing at the beach or see the snow on El Teide.

Good conditions throughout the year make Tenerife popular in Northern Europe, but the island also attracts a large share of domestic tourists – amazingly there are still some domestic unserved routes available.

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;
  • 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 South Airport (the green square) and the nearest airports in the area. There are 2.1 million people living in Canary Islands. Tenerife has a surprisingly large population of 890,000 – but clearly the traffic is overwhelmingly inbound – with overseas charter and low cost carriers currently dominating the top five airlines at the airport.

Catchment Area

  • There are nearly 890,000 people living on the island.
  • There are 2.1 million people living across the Canary Islands.

Around 2,800 tonnes of cargo passed through the airport in 2015.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • For freight opportunities, click here.
  • For further information, please contact cargaaerea@aena.es
  • Attractive Fiscal and Economic Incentives — 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.
  • Fiscal Incentives for Investment
    • Canary Islands Investment Reserve (RIC) – An incentive that reduces the tax burden on up to 90% of company profit if it is allocated to certain investments linked to the growth of the activity.
    • Deduction for investments in Fixed Assets – An incentive that provides a 25% deduction on the taxable amount of investments in fixed assets.
    • Greater deductions, related to the Spanish general tax regime, for investments in activities such as R+D+i, vocational training and Information Technologies.
  • For more information go to: http://www.zec.org/en/

The airport is located right in the heart of the action, a mere 20-minute drive to Las Americas, the island's finest tourist spot, and only 40 minutes from Santa Cruz (pictured).


  • Tenerife South is located 17 kilometres from Los Cristianos in the south of the island, in the heart of the tourist area.

Road access

  • There is a direct access to Tenerife South Airport from the TF-1 motorway, which links Santa Cruz de Tenerife with the south, east and north of the island.

Bus access

  • Line 111: Santa Cruz-Airport South-Los Cristianos-Costa Adeje.
  • Line 343: Puerto de la Cruz-Airport North-Airport South-Los Cristianos.
  • Line 450: Costa Adeje-San Isidro.
Tenerife South aerial

Infrastructure & Operations

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Vital statistics

2015 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 649,134 domestic passengers; 8,344,665 international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 77% scheduled flights; 23% charter flights.
  • Freight: 2,836 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (top five):  Ryanair, Thomson Airways, easyJet, Thomas Cook Airlines and Monarch Airlines.