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Air Travel: The usual means of travelling to and from the Canary Islands is by aircraft. These days this could hardly be easier and flight prices can represent very good value too, especially when purchased as part of a package holiday. It was the advent of regular, affordable international flights to Tenerife, in the late 1950's and early 1960's that sparked the rapid growth of the island's tourist trade, especially in the south, which continues to this day.

Tenerife is the only Canary Island with two airports. Until 1977 it had only one: Los Rodeos airport is situated in the north of the island near La Laguna. A second airport - the Reina Sofia (named after the wife of the King of Spain) - was constructed in the south near the Costa del Silencio, a few miles from Las Americas/Los Cristianos.
Nowadays, the Reina Sofia is a thoroughly modern airport and handles almost all of Tenerife's international traffic that, on Fridays (the busiest day of the week), means one flight approximately every six minutes. Over the last year the airport has been undergoing a 'face-lift' to improve it's appearance and work is presently continuing on redesigning the car and coach parks.
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