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Just to throw a spanner in the works, Tenerife has two airports - Tenerife South (TFS) and Tenerife North (TFN). Tenerife South is perfect if you’re hitting the beach resorts of the south west, while Tenerife North is the gateway to Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz. When you book low-cost Tenerife flights, be sure that you’re flying to the right airport. If you don’t, you’ll end up crossing the entire island upon arrival – not the ideal start to a relaxing holiday.
Tenerife South receives most of the cheap flights to Tenerife from the UK. Ryanair and Thomas Cook Airlines fly from more than a dozen UK airports, while Monarch offers cheap flights to Tenerife from Manchester, Birmingham, London Gatwick, Luton and Leeds.
Direct flights to Tenerife South with easyJet go from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Bristol, Gatwick and Southend, while Norwegian flies to Tenerife from Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick and Manchester.
Jet2 has cheap flights in 2017 to Tenerife from Glasgow, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds.
Use TravelSupermarket to compare flights online and you’ll also find direct flights to Tenerife with Norwegian Air International, British Airways, Thomas Cook and Iberia.
Direct flights to Tenerife North are not quite so easy to come by and, on the whole, not as cheap. Budget airlines stick to Tenerife South, zipping partygoers back and forth to the affordable beach resorts by the planeload.
The north doesn’t get a look in with easyJet or Ryanair from UK airports, but British Airways and Iberia do make the effort from London Heathrow. This is almost certainty a blessing in disguise. Lower tourist numbers keep the region stocked with local character, protect its gorgeous landscapes and help to retain its authenticity. The trade-off is worth it.
Other airlines flying into Tenerife North mostly include a connection in Spain. So why not take a sneaky stopover in Barcelona or Madrid and soak up the sights of the Spanish mainland? If you’re willing to take a mini-break on your way to the island, you’ll find cheap Tenerife flight deals and get more bang for your holiday buck to boot! What could be better?
Find out how to get from either airport to your island destination on our how to get around Tenerife page.
Flying isn’t the only way to get to Tenerife, although it is, by far, the easiest. If you’re planning a grand Canarian adventure, consider hopping between the islands by ferry. Hitting up a few islands in one trip is a real eye-opener, highlighting the unique personalities and landscapes of each island.
Between them, Fred Olsen and Acciona Trasmediterranea hook up Santa Cruz and Los Cristianos with the other Canary Islands, giving you access to even the most remote pockets of the Canaries.