Tenerife South, Canary Islands TFS/GCTS

Tenerife South, Canary Islands

ILS 08/ILS 26
Terrain, turbulence & windshear

The island is mountainous, the highest 25 nm MSA being 14,500ft. Descent below this altitude is dependent on precise knowledge of the aircraft’s position. Good navigation is essential and use of EGPWS terrain display is recommended. The island is completely exposed to Atlantic winds, which combined with the terrain, can cause up and down drafts with considerable turbulence. On all approaches extra care must be taken with speed control. The high ground is often cloud covered.


Inbound routings are available via ARACO to the west of the island or by TERFE to the east. If routing to TERFE, accurate tracking is essential because the expected clearance to FL70 will only give 1,000ft terrain and obstacle clearance within 5 nm of track. When routing to the west via ARACO expect a shortcut clearance direct to GANTA.

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