Tenerife South Airport History

The construction was officially started in July 1973 with the budget of 450 million pesetas. In 1976, the taxiways, the power plant, earth removal, and the terminal control area were constructed. Later in 1977, the control tower and the main terminal building together with the runway lighting installation took place.

The Tenerife Airport disaster took place while the new airport was under construction. On 27 March 1977, the passenger jets collided on the runway of the Tenerife North Airport. In the accident 583 people were killed, that became the deadliest accident in aviation history.

The new airport was officially opened on 6 November 1978 in honor of Queen Sofia of Spain who attended the opening ceremony.

The very first flight was operated by Iberia airline that was arriving from Lanzarote. By the end of the first year of operation, about 1 million passengers have passed its doors. Since the opening date, around 140 million passengers were carried through Tenerife South Airport.

The number of passengers carried by the airport is continually growing, therefore, the number of passengers that passed the airport in 2016 had reached 10.6 million marks and about 11.3 million in 2017.

The busiest days for the airport regarding the passenger traffic are Fridays, especially in the winter time.

Among the most popular destinations of Tenerife South Airport are Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham, East Midlands, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf, London Stansted, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The airport has only one runway 07/25 which is 3.200 meters long.

Tenerife South Airport employs an Environmental Management System that declares that the airport as a company ensures legal compliance, improvements in environmental behavior, and pollution prevention.