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Tenerife-South Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur
Tenerife Sur/Reina Sofía Airport
Aeropuerto de Tenerife Sur.jpg
Airport type Public
Operator Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea
Serves Tenerife
Location Granadilla de Abona, Spain
Hub for
Elevation AMSL 64 m / 209 ft
Coordinates 28°02′40″N 016°34′21″W / 28.04444°N 16.5725°W / 28.04444; -16.5725Coordinates: 28°02′40″N 016°34′21″W / 28.04444°N 16.5725°W / 28.04444; -16.5725

Location in the Canary Islands

Direction Length Surface
m ft
08/26 3,200 10,498 Asphalt
Statistics (2011)
Passengers 8,656,487
Passenger change 10-11 Increase17.6%
Aircraft Movements 58,093
Movements change 10-11 Increase12.0%
Sources: Passenger Traffic, AENA
Spanish AIP, AENA
Tenerife south airport-exterior
Outside of Tenerife South Airport

Tenerife South "Reina Sofia" Airport (IATA: TFS ICAO: GCTS) is an airport in the south-west of the island of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.

This is actually one of two airports in Tenerife, the other one is Tenerife North (Los Rodeos). Most of the flights bringing people on holiday to the island use this airport. The airport was opened in 1978 after it was decided in a few years earlier that Tenerife needed a new airport urgently due to foggy weather closing Tenerife North airport quite often. The first flight to land at the airport was carrying the Queen of Spain Her Majesty Queen Sofia, the airport is named after her. The airport is operated by a company called AENA which operates all civil airports in Spain.

In 2009, just over 7 million passengers used the airport.

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