Situated in the south of the island right in the heart of the tourism centre, South Tenerife airport was inaugurated by Queen Sofía on 6 November 1978.

In its first year, the airport exceeded one million passengers.

Tenerife Sur Airport is open 24 hours a day. It currently provides more than one hundred connections and more than 150 companies operate within its facilities.

Most of the traffic handled by the airport is international. The United Kingdom and Germany account for more than half of the overall traffic, the Manchester, London/Gatwick, London//Stansted, Birmingham and East Midland airports contributing the highest numbers of passengers. Domestic traffic is concentrated around Madrid; Málaga, Gran Canaria and Barcelona.

In 2019, the airport handled 11,168,707 passengers, 70,277 flight operations and 2,193 tonnes of cargo.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2010 7,358,986 2015 9,117,514
2011 8,656,487 2016 10,472,713
2012 8,530,729 2017 11,248,882
2013 8,701,728 2018 11,042,412
2014 7,108,055 2019 11,168,707