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South Tenerife airport’s new Terminal 2 is three months behind schedule

THE upgrade of Tenerife’s South Airport’s Terminal 2 is running at least three months behind schedule. But officials say that ongoing work will still enable passengers to the use this new terminal.

Spanish Airports and Air Navigation (AENA), awarded the necessary works to adapt the airport’s second terminal (T2), so that it would be fully operational. They also say the departure lounge will be in use in July or August,

From its 2009 construction until today, it allows billing operations only. But the work, costing 6,065,973 euros, was meant to be completed last November, and is still ongoing.

Authorised sources of the first airport operator in the country announced that the works would last between four to six months, so that, “in principle, the boarding room will be operational throughout the summer, between July and August.”

The second terminal, known as T2 Tenerife Sur airport, was constructed and designed to serve 4,000 passengers hourly, at a cost of 39.1m euros.

The work began in 2005, resulting in 32 check-in counters, housed in 21,400sq/m. To this plan was added a parking lot of 10,500sq/m, holding a capacity 213 vehicles on three levels, eight seats for buses and an unloading stop for taxis.

It has two boarding gates, on a footbridge connecting both terminals.

But the T2, or exit terminal, its final destination, lacks something essential for it to be operative: the boarding bridge connecting the building with the aircraft, as well as all the internal services to make it valid.

In fact, AENA tendered the work, yet to be completed, through a contest it named Adaptation of the T2 building to boarding processes, Tenerife South Airport.

As a result, the airlines declined to operate in this terminal because it would imply an extra expense to have personnel also in the T1. The passenger who use T2 will have to travel half- a-kilometre to board the main terminal.

Eye-witnesses say this work seems to have been halted for a long time, and that aspect brings some regrets from Roberto Ucelay, President of the Circle of Entrepreneurs and Professionals of the South of Tenerife (CEST).

He says: “It is a pity to see such an advanced and abandoned work.”

Ucelay believes it is “good news” that AENA plans its commissioning during the summer, but he questions the policy of the airport operator.

“They have lost the opportunity to discuss their plans for Tenerife Sur Airport and to agree with the company, especially at the time when the Airport Regulation Document (DORA) is drawn up,” he says.

“From the Circle (CEST) and the business community of the region, we do not know who or what South administration AENA has told to ignore what we ask.”

 

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