Located to the north of the Island, in the municipality of San Cristobal de la Laguna, the airport is just 10 kilometres from the capital (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

Traffic is mainly of the scheduled domestic nature, about 40 percent of which are connecting flights to the other islands in the archipelago: Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, El Hierro and La Gomera.  Also connects via regular domestic traffic to other airports in the rest of Spain. The most important destination is Madrid with more than a million passengers, followed by Barcelona, Seville and Bilbao.

In 2016, the airport processed 4,219,191 passengers, 55,669 flight operations and 12,696 tonnes of cargo.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2007 4,125,131 2012 3,717,944
2008 4,236,615 2013 3,524,470
2009 4,054,147 2014 3,633,030
2011 4,095,103 2016 4,219,191