Chaos rules in Tenerife’s airports with the air traffic controllers on unofficial strike. Delays of several hours have been recorded, and there is widespread concern in the press that this is the last thing Tenerife’s tourism needs right now, with some sources saying that tour operators are already making alternative arrangements for their holidaymakers. Today, Reina Sofia airport (TFS) is registering 19 delayed flights, with 3 in Los Rodeos (TFN), all of them international flights. Officially, delays are up to around 2 hours, to a maximum of 5, but some travellers are speaking of 16 hour delays. Of all the Canarian airports, only La Palma, La Gomera y El Hierro are operating normally.
Air traffic controllers have asked AENA to reschedule shifts in the Canarian Control Centre to end the delays caused by “lack of personnel” which will otherwise continue to make problems until the middle of January. The Union has also asked AENA to accept the need for extra personnel to bring staffing to levels previously used in peak times. It seems that AENA expected a drop of 14% in air traffic to and from the Canaries, but in the end, the fall was only 3%, resulting in too much traffic for the controllers scheduled to work. Canarias24Horas