Blessed with endless stretches of golden beaches and sunny climate all year round, Tenerife is the busiest of all the Canary Islands. Millions of people flock here to enjoy all sorts of water activities, gorgeous scenery, and world-class amusement parks.
With tourism at the forefront of Tenerife’s economic growth, the biggest of the Canary Islands guarantees the smoothest holiday possible for its visitors. As such, establishing world-class airports is one way to do that.
The island has two airports: the Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport. Having a multitude of connections to different parts of the world, the South Airport is the busiest. Meanwhile, the North Airport operates mostly domestic flights between the islands of the archipelago.
Tenerife North Airport (TFN)
Tenerife North Airport, formerly Los Rodeos Airport, serves millions of transit passengers per year. Located in the historic town of San Cristobal de la Laguna, the airport essentially links Tenerife to the other islands of the archipelago as well as some international destinations.
From its opening to air traffic in 1946, the airport has made tremendous strides in improving the level and quality of its service. Runways were stretched, new navigation aids were installed and more aircraft parking spaces were provided. However, in 1977, Tenerife North Airport had been the scene of the worst accident in aviation history to date.
Redeeming its glory, a new terminal was inaugurated in 2002. It is complete with a car park, motorway access ramps, and four-story terminal building, with 12 gates. The North Airport regained its international status and inter-island domestic area was opened in 2005.
At present, the airport has a slew of restaurants and cafes, a bank, shops and other services every traveler may need. It has strategically located information desks, where guests may access flight details and facilities. For added convenience, it is also connected to several types of transports, from reliable buses to taxis and car hires.
Tenerife South Airport (TFS)
The Tenerife North Airport disaster is the primary reason behind the establishment of Tenerife South Airport. Popularly known as Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, the newer of the two island airports is named as such in honor of the former Queen of Spain.
Since its inauguration in 1977, Tenerife South Airport had been continuously developed to meet the demands of its travelers. It was remodeled in 2007 and extended in 2009. There are also plans for future expansion due to the influx of tourism in the past years. The three-story terminal is fairly small for the number of passengers it is receiving on a regular basis and features only one runway at present. Even so, this airport is still busier than its counterpart and offers over 100 air links to other parts of the world.
For over a decade, the traffic in the airport remained stable serving up to 9 million passengers each year. Most of its passengers are Europeans, who came to the Canaries to escape the harsh winter.
Warm smiles and summer-like vibe welcome passengers upon arrival at the airport. It is also complete with facilities including free WiFi, meeting lounge, and pharmacies, among others. Additionally, accessibility to the rest of the island is not a concern, thanks to its connections to several means of transport. Situated 60 kilometers from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and other touristy areas like Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas, this airport is close to the places to be.
The Gateway to the Canary Islands
For an almost isolated archipelago like the Canary Islands, holidays start and end at an airport. At times, it is even the turning point of an experience.
Gladly, Tenerife has taken its tourism seriously and made tremendous efforts to provide the easiest visit one can have. This care manifests on its airports, with both functioning well and complete with facilities, much to the delight of the island visitors.
When combined, Tenerife North and South Airports gather the highest passenger movement among all the Canary Islands. As such, it has been tagged as the main entry and exit point to and from this archipelago.