First Published: March 19, 2024 |

How many airports are there in the Canary Islands?

If you want to take a trip to explore the Canary Islands in depth, it is important that you know how to get to and from each one in the quickest and most comfortable way. That’s why at Banana Palm Bay we bring you a list of all the airports on the islands, with their exact location and details that will allow you to prepare for your trip as accurately as possible.

Gran Canaria Airport

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Gran Canaria Airport is the most visited airport in the Canary Islands, receiving approximately 13 million passengers a year. It is located between the municipality of Ingenio and Telde. It is one of the airports chosen by most visitors when travelling to this tourist paradise, thanks to its many amenities and relative proximity to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital (18 kilometres).

Here you will find cash machines, bureaux de change, car hire companies and a wide variety of places to eat. It also has a special area for smokers and a children’s playground to keep them entertained.

Tenerife South Airport

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Tenerife South Airport, also called Reina Sofia, is located in the tourist centre, which makes it the second busiest and busiest airport in the Canary Islands. In fact, in 2023 it broke the record for passenger traffic, with more than 12 million passengers in the year. It is very well located, in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, just 18 kilometres from Playa de los Cristianos and 20 kilometres from Costa Adeje.

The good connection with public transport and the possibility of renting a car are an advantage when embarking on your journey. You will also have the possibility of taking a taxi, but there are times of the year when there are considerable queues to catch one.

It is suitable for people with mobility problems, thanks to the specialised assistance. In addition, the facilities at this Canary Islands airport are very well maintained and clean, which will make your embarkation and disembarkation experience more comfortable.

Tenerife North Airport

Formerly known as Los Rodeos Airport, it is commonly used for domestic and inter-island flights. It is located in the municipality of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, just 10 kilometres from the capital.

It handles approximately 5 million passengers a year, so it is less frequented and more convenient to visit. In terms of facilities, you will find pharmacies, sweet shops, bars, cafes, several car rental companies, ATM and souvenir shops.

Hiring a car to transfer you from Tenerife North Airport to the hotel is your most comfortable and convenient option. You may be able to take a taxi, but this can be very expensive depending on where you are staying. You can also take the bus, which costs a minimum of €1 and a maximum of €6, to get to the main urban centres of Tenerife.

Lanzarote Airport

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César Manrique Airport of Lanzarote is the only airport of Lanzarote, an island with a great tourist attraction, due to its volcanic characteristics and beautiful beaches. It is the third busiest in the Canary Islands, registering more than 7 million passengers in 2023. It is mainly visited by passengers from the UK and Germany, as well as Madrid.

Its main attraction is not only the well-maintained facilities, but also the Aeronautical Museum, which sets it apart from all others in the Canary Islands. You will have the opportunity to visit it with your family, as long as it is open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00.

The cafés, restaurants, beer gardens and fast food outlets will allow you to recharge your batteries after your flight. As far as transfers are concerned, you can take a bus to the island’s most attractive tourist destinations, such as the capital Arrecife, Playa Honda, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. The maximum cost of the journey is around €5.

Fuerteventura Airport

Fuerteventura Airport is the 4th busiest airport in the Canary Islands, with around 6 million passengers a year. It is located only 5 km from Puerto del Rosario, the capital of the island. An incredible aspect of this airport is that it is located on the coast, so it offers you a spectacular view from start to finish.

Its facilities have been renovated and expanded to offer you the best user experience. It has parking, shops, various car rental companies, ATMs, as well as bars and cafes. It also has 66 check-in desks, making boarding and disembarkation quicker and easier.

La Palma Airport

The constant renovations that have been carried out at La Palma Airport make it one of the most comfortable airports in the Canary Islands. Its new passenger terminal is perfectly located for you to enjoy a spectacular view while you wait for your flight.

At La Palma Airport you will find various restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, ATMs, information points and even a children’s playground. It also has an indispensable assistance centre for people with reduced mobility and a medical services room, ideal for emergencies. In addition, we cannot fail to mention the free Wifi service.

It is located in the municipalities of Villa de Mazo and Breña Baja, just 8 kilometres from Santa Cruz, the capital of the Canary Islands, and receives between 700,000 and 1.3 million people a year.

La Gomera Airport

La Gomera Airport is one of the two airports that only operate inter-island flights, i.e. flights between islands. It is located in the municipality of Alajeró and receives around 80,000 people a year. From here, flights are mainly to Tenerife North Airport with the airline Binter Canarias.

Despite its small size and small number of passengers, it is the most modern airport in the Canary Islands, having been built in 1999. It has free Wifi, ATM, cafeteria, restaurant and souvenir shop. It also has a lost property office, information point and free parking.

An advantage of La Gomera Airport is its proximity to Playa de Santiago, just 4 minutes (2.1 kilometres) away. This is the largest beach on La Gomera, with more than 1.5 kilometres of coves. Moreover, its black volcanic sand and crystal clear waters are capable of captivating even the least impressionable tourist.

El Hierro Airport

Also known as Los Cangrejos Airport, it is the second airport that only operates and receives inter-island flights to and from Tenerife North Airport and Gran Canaria Airport. It is used by around 250,000 people a year, thanks to its tourist attraction. Just a few minutes from the airport you can visit beautiful tourist destinations, such as the swimming pools of La Caleta or Playa La Caleta.

Despite being small, El Hierro Airport has all the amenities you would expect. It has a cafeteria, restaurant, souvenir shop, service centre for people with reduced mobility, bus and taxi area, as well as a VIP area. It also has free Wi-Fi to keep you in touch at all times.

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