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.

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 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 nearly 900,000 – 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 900,000 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 2017.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

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 18 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

2017 figures

  • Passengers (commercial): 938,304 domestic passengers; 10.3m international passengers.
  • Air Transport Movements: 79% scheduled flights; 21% charter flights.
  • Freight: 2,796 tonnes.
  • Largest carriers (top five):  Ryanair, Thomson Airways, Jet2.com, easyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines.