JoeCattoli From Italy, joined Aug 2005, 570 posts, RR: 3 Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7071 times:
I was looking for a trip to the Canaries for New Year's Eve and saw Tenerife has 2 airports TFS and TFN.
I was wondering why there are 2 airports both with runways longer than 3000 meters in a relatively small island where I fail to see the need of 2 airports.
I did some search in the database but didn't find a lot.. the only thing I found is that TFN has some problems of Fog...
Even so I can't understand the need of 2 airports. May be one was military?
May be someone can explain.
Are there other small islands with 2 active airports?
P.S. Does someone know the cheapest way to get in Tenerife or Gran Canaria from BLQ , MXP or FCO ? Thanks
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4358 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7031 times:
TFN was the original airport. It was a foggy place in the mountains. The difficult location and fog have caused three major air disasters since 1970: a Spantax Convair in 1972 (156 killed), Pan Am and KLM 747s in 1977 (581 killed) and a Dan-Air 727 in 1980 (146 killed). They then decided to built a better airport at the south coast which doesn't have this drawbacks.
Since then, TFN has been mainly used by Spanish domestic flights but lately some charters come there again. Probably politics or that Los Rodeos wanted to have an airport closeby that they didn't close.
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BananaBoY From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 1587 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 7010 times:
The capital city of Tenerife is in the north of the island, and as above, TFN is the original airport. However, since mass tourism has grown predominantly in the south of the island, the new airport was built.
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Flymya380 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 6276 times:
TFS is mainly used by charter / holiday flights althought there is some scheduled flights. because of it's location to Playe De Las Americas and the surrounding holiday resorts, it's only a 20 min taxi ride to these resorts which will only cost around 20 euros
Aviator27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6176 times:
TFN serves the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is the capital. Most spanish domestic flights serve TFN. TFS is for the tourists who generally flock to the warmer southern half of the island. The drive between the two airports takes around 50 minutes. TFS has more capacity and parking spaces than TFN. TFS is also not fog proned like TFN.
RAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5847 times:
TFN has many domestic flights to cities in the mainland as BCN, MAD, AGP, VLC, SVQ and LPA, GMZ, SPC, FUE, ACE and VDE in intra-Canary flights.
TFS has most domestic flights because all charter flights of Spanish airlines (read as Hola Airlines, Futura, Air Plus Comet, Airclass Airways,...) operates weekly from cities in the mainland that has not enough passengers to fly regular.
TFS, as said Aviator27, has more space and parking. Not many years ago, Air Europa and Spanair parked there 757 and 767's during winter season.
No. Is not bad. The apron is little bad but I explain you a history...
Many residents in Tenerife explained me that in the 1930 decade, a German engineer arrived at the island and the Tenerife Cabildo (a regional government) requested to him to choose the appropriate place to construct an airport. This engineer chose two sites where NEVER these were due to construct. He marked two sites with red crossings in a topographic map and due the changes after the Civil Spanish War, the newest government toke the places marked in the map like the IDEAL sites to construct it. One of this places is the Tenerife Norte Airport;
Is a history, no confirmation but after listen many pilots about TFN...
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Iberiadc852 From Spain, joined May 2005, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5719 times:
Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 9): Many residents in Tenerife explained me that in the 1930 decade, a German engineer arrived at the island and the Tenerife Cabildo (a regional government) requested to him to choose the appropriate place to construct an airport. This engineer chose two sites where NEVER these were due to construct. He marked two sites with red crossings in a topographic map and due the changes after the Civil Spanish War, the newest government toke the places marked in the map like the IDEAL sites to construct it. One of this places is the Tenerife Norte Airport;
Sorry, but that's just a joke turned legend. Would you ask an engineer to mark a place where NOT TO CONSTRUCT an airport? Don't forget the one over mt. Teide then.
I don't remember exactly, but AENA has published a book about Spanish Airports (Aeropuertos Españoles) and they tell the real story there.
I remember it's about a Lufthansa flight about 1930 that was suddenly programmed to come to Tenerife and the Cabildo decided to improvise the landing zone in a little field called "Los Baldios" as they didn't have any other location close to Santa Cruz (the capital) which had been used for planes.
After that, I think some other flights followed close and went also there, so finally that zone became the airport. So there was not a project to build it there as the ideal place but much less a mark of where not to build it.
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