Expansion of Tenerife South airport will be finished by next summer

2020/11/22 09:21:38 Written by Canarian Weekly Tenerife

The Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, announced yesterday (Saturday) that the expansion of the Tenerife South airport, with a new building that joins the two terminals, will be completed next summer.

In a press conference in which he was accompanied by the regional councilor for Public Works, Sebastián Franquis, he commented that together with the adaptation works of terminal 2, the global investment is 90 million euros, which will improve the "quality of the service and the experience of travellers, increasing capacity from 13 million passengers to 16 million."

According to Ábalos, the airport will be a "platform to promote the tourist recovery of the Canary Islands," highlighting that the works in Tenerife South are among the most important in the Aena network in all of Spain.

In the specific case of this new building that connects the two terminals, there will be, among other things, a unification of departures, expansion of security controls, more boarding gates, improvement of the commercial area, and expansion of the employee car park.

Likewise, he pointed out that technicians from Aena and the Tenerife Cabildo workingon the programming of the new DORA from 2021, and that it could include the construction of a new terminal and even a second runway, if the administrations consider it appropriate and reach an agreement.

Ábalos has took advantage of his appearance before journalists to detail that next year's PGE (budget), includes an investment from his ministry into the islands of more than 1.1 billion euros, 16% more than the last accounts extended in 2018.

In addition, he said that this is 54% more than the state average, and in terms of investment per inhabitant, the archipelago is second, with 536 euros, plus the 60 million it receives from the EU resilience fund.

The minister has also guaranteed that Aena "will fulfill all its commitments" with the Canary Islands and stressed that the state accounts also include 538 million in discounts on transport (+41%), which covers 75% of the discount for residents, and 100% of the goods, more than 47 million for regular transport, 102% more in Housing until reaching 81 million, 200 million from the highway agreement, 10 million for trams, 139 million for airports, and 113 million in ports.