UK is served by so many large airports and so many low-cost carriers that looking for a cheap flight to Tenerife is very easy. Tenerife is a very popular summer destination among Brits (and other Europeans) and that means the fares are a bit on the high side during the peak summer months.
When flying into Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, you’ll land either on Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) or Tenerife North (Los Rodeos). Both receive regular, low-cost and charter flights from all over Europe. There are buses which link the airports to the towns near-by but they stop at midnight so it would be a good idea to ask your hotel to provide the transfer to/from the airport.
When flying into UK, you are most likely going to land in London. Heathrow is one of the world’s busiest airports and receives flights from all over the world. Smaller London airports cater for low-cost carriers, being hubs for Ryanair and easyJet.
Outside London, the largest airport is Manchester International Airport, which serves both European and international destination. Other British busy airports include Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Birmingham International.
Best airline choices
With so many British airports to choose from, it’s obvious that there are a lot of airlines to look into as well. It’s advisable to start your search with the important low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet, Air Europa, bmi, Monarch Airlines and Thomas Cook Airlines.
Regular airlines serving the routes include:
- British Airways
- Air France
Three airlines stand out:
- easyJet: because it’s got a hub in London and it offers some of the most affordable rates
- Monarch Airlines: another low-cost carrier which competes successfully with easyJet when it comes to direct flights to Tenerife from London.
- Ryanair: for flights outside London, this low-cost airline offers some of the most affordable tickets
The ticket prices for flights to Tenerife from UK depend on the season, with the highest prices being during the peak summer months. Generally the low-cost carriers’ ticket prices are about the same no matter if you fly into England or Scotland. During the summer expect to pay at least £270 for a round trip flight from Glasgow or London. Outside the peak season, prices are low, averaging around £140-160 for a round trip flight on a low-cost carrier.
Money saving tips
Always start your search with the low-cost carriers. And try different airports to depart from, although London and Glasgow seem to be the cheapest choices. However, since most flights from outside London do make a stop over in London, there are more chances to find a cheap flight from London to Tenerife than from any other airport.
If possible fly outside the peak summer months as prices tend to be at least £100 cheaper. Do book in advance but pay attention to the low-cost carriers. Booking too far in advance might result in higher prices rather than lower prices.