Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
Updated 2 July: Runway works which have seen TFS closed to night flights since April have now been completed and the airport returns to full 24-hour operations, AENA has announced. Works to resurface the runway and taxiways, and to improve beacons, were finished in the early hours of Saturday, costing in total just short of €5m
Original post 31 January: A recent announcement that TFS will be closed overnight between 11pm and 6.30am from 3 April to 30 June for runway works has been greeted with “total rejection” by the mayors of Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora. José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, José Julián Mena and Pedro Martín have held an urgent meeting to discuss the announcement by Aena, which is set to cost nearly €5m to improve the airport, but which the mayors say will result in Tenerife being “without nighttime flight connections for three months, an unacceptable situation”.
The mayors explained that the north airport does not open during the night and the works in TFS would leave the island isolated overnight for three months, with serious consequences for residents and the tourism sector. They are asking the regional government and the Tenerife Cabildo to explain the gravity of the situation to the relevant national department for development.
Rodríguez Fraga, Mena and Martín outlined the importance of the airport as a fundamental infrastructure for the south of the island, for residents and for the main economic motor of Tenerife, tourism. “This is the third most profitable airport in Spain, with 11.2 million passengers and more than €70 million in income annually. We cannot be treated in this way, the decision has been taken with no regard for the importance of this time of the year”, they argue.
The three mayors also pointed out how this decision only served to vindicate their support for a second runway, and also added this decision regarding the airport to the list of examples, which include the TF1 and southern hospital, of how the south of the island was badly treated by the regional government.