Flying high as 2016 saw new routes, new operators and more places
Tenerife had direct connections in 2016 with 28 countries (26 European and two African)with a total of 142 air routes operated by 75 companies.
The opening of new routes, the entry of new operators and the increase of aerial capacity of the airlines meant a total of 721,506 arrival seats (+14.1%), of which 623,959 corresponded to Tenerife South (+16, 4%) and 97,547 to North Tenerife (+7.6%). In total, the regular air operations of the island had a total of 5,828,022 places.
In 2016, regular air capacity for Tenerife increased (excluding inter-island) by 14.1 per cent. Places with the Peninsula grew 9.1 per cent driven by the new Iberia Express Vigo-TFN route; Vueling Alicante-TFN and its new routes with TFS from Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Zaragoza and Santander.
Tenerife also increased the arrival capacity from the United Kingdom (+ 20.4%), with new routes from Norwegian and Vueling from Manchester; Smarlynx and Vueling from Birmingham; Jet2 from Edinburgh; Ryanair from Newcastle and Belfast; and Easyjet from Luton). British Airways also improved its connectivity in 2016, with a 21.2% increase in seats on its only route to the island, London Gatwick -TFS (10,264 places of arrival).
It also improved regular capacity from Germany (+ 11.7%), thanks to the new Eurowings operations from Duesseldorf and Hamburg; Thomas Cook and Transavia from Munich; Norwegian from Cologne-Bonn and Sunexpress from Nuremberg.
As for France, regular operations (+30%) were boosted by the entry of Tui Belgium on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse and Lyon routes, and Vueling from Paris Orly (TFS). The Netherlands doubled capacity with the new Thomas Cook operation from Amsterdam and Transavia from Eindhoven and Rotterdam.
Also to be highlighted in 2016 was the increase in capacity with Belgium (+ 10.6%), Italy (+3.7%), Alitalia’s new routes with Rome from Tenerife North and Vueling and Norwegian from Tenerife South, and Ireland (+14.7%).
Other markets with significant improvements in connectivity were Poland (+53.2%), with the new Wizz Air route from Katowice, and Hungary, which multiplied capacity by six thanks to improved seats on the Wizz Air route from Budapest.
Tenerife also welcomed new airlines last year, such as Small Planet (the Lithuanian and Polish charter airline with a new route to the German city of Paderborn); Eurowings (with connections to Dusseldorf and Hamburg) and Sunexpress Deutschland (Nuremberg route). It also starts operations with Alba Stars (the Spanish charter airline with a new route to Milan-Bergamo from Tenerife South and the entrance of Alitalia (Rome Fiumicino -TFN).
Overall, Tenerife North airport incorporated seven connections to its route portfolio in 2016, with an increase of more than 18,000 arrivals to the island. In the case of Tenerife South, 39 connections were launched during the year which more than 203,658 air places.