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, Birmingham and East Midland airports contributing the highest numbers of passengers. Domestic traffic is concentrated around two destinations: Madrid and Barcelona.

In 2017, the airport handled 11,249,327 passengers, 69,846 flight operations and 2,797 tonnes of cargo.

Year Passengers Year Passengers
2008 8,251,989 2013 8,701,728
2009 7,108,055 2014 9,176,235
2010 7,358,986 2015 9,117,514
2011 8,656,487 2016 10,472,713
2012 8,530,729 2017 11,249,327