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La Palma popular with German tourists; Tenerife TFN is top route

The seven Canary Islands are served by a total of eight commercial airports (Tenerife has two). Santa Cruz de la Palma, known more easily as La Palma is the second most western of the airports and the sixth busiest of the eight with almost 1.5 million passengers in 2019, the airport’s busiest year to date. The 2,200-metre runway does not have a parallel taxiway, limiting it to 10 movements per hour.

Traffic reached 1.2 million passengers in 2007 before falling by over 30% to just over 800,000 in 2013. In the six years after that, traffic almost doubled. Throughout this period, international traffic has consistently accounted for between 20% and 30% of the airport’s total traffic.

Domestic traffic is dominated by the route to Tenerife TFN. In 2019 almost 760,000 passengers used this route, well ahead of Gran Canaria (169k) and Madrid (145k). These three routes accounted for the vast majority of domestic traffic at La Palma.

The next busiest routes in 2019 were to Düsseldorf (served by Condor and Eurowings) and Frankfurt (Condor) both of which generated almost 40,000 passengers, followed by Amsterdam (34k on Transavia) and London LGW (32k with easyJet and TUI Airways).

In late January, after a few Christmas and New Year flights, Lufthansa began regular service from Frankfurt, competing with Condor, the only new service so far planned in 2021.

La Palma Traffic 2004-2020

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