Tenerife tourist helicopter flight firm gets green light two years on
A helicopter facility built two years ago in Adeje to provide flights over Tenerife for tourists has been rapped on the knuckles for jumping the gun but has finally been given the green light by the Spanish government. The 8000 square metre site next to the old Tropicana Disco near the motorway was built without the mandatory environmental impact assessment but the government has now removed all its objections to its use for the flights, which were given prominent media coverage as a valuable new addition to the tourist attractions of south Tenerife. As reported here at the time, the helipad and its associated buildings were officially unveiled by Adeje’s deputy mayor and the helicopter firm’s boss in December 2012. However, the failure to carry out the assessment saw it ordered to switch operations to the airport until the matter was resolved. The area’s numerous hangliding enthusiasts have long complained that the presence of the helicopters poses a risk to them and to the survival of one of Adeje’s most popular sports but the complaints appear to have had little affect.