Chennai Madras (MAA) Airport

Chennai Madras MAA Airport Overview

Chennai Madras International Airport MAA is presently India's third-busiest airports, serving the greater Chennai/Madras metropolitan area in the State of Tamil Nadu, southeast India (at Bay of Bengal, on the Coromandel Coast of West India). The Airport is still owned by the Government of India and is operated by Airports Authority of India - even though privatization efforts have been going on for ages.  Its Chennai Airport site has not been updated since 2010!

Chennai Airport is located on Grand Southern Trunk Road (National Hwy 45), in the town of Tirusulam, and is only 7 km south of the city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras), in the State of Tamil Nadu.

With over 13M passengers served anually, and a second runway under construction, Chennai Airport is hub to Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, Jet Aways & Spicejet, and is served by domestic and international airlines offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
(After completion of the much-needed terminal expansion work in March 2012, and building a new terminal, the overall passenger traffic is expected to double, as well as its aircraft movements.)

The new Chennai Airport's passenger terminal complex now encompasses an expanded & upgraded international terminal (Anna Terminal), and a brand-new domestic terminal (Kamarash Terminal) - both opened in 2013 at different times, and both of which are interconnected by a link building housing administrative offices and a restaurant.  An elevated travelator connects international  & domestic terminals, which are 1 kilometer apart - but are all now under one roof.  
The domestic terminal handles about 4.7 million passengers a year, with 48 check-in counters. Its boarding gates are on two levels - six on the ground level, three of level 1.
The International Anna Terminal has 45 check-in, 38 immigration, & 18 customs counters.  On level 1 are six boarding gates.  Gradually more amenities & services will be added.
Amenities and services at both domestic & international terminals: Aside from food & drink, retail & duty-free shops, you find banking facilities, conference rooms, lounges, medical & health scan facilities, free trolleys, vending machines, tourist  and railway information counters, a City coach center, and special ADA assistance. Day rooms & dormitory-style accommodations are available for transit passengers.
Airline lounges:  Air India has its lounge in the international terminal (showers available); 
Jet Airways has 2 lounges in the domestic terminal - the Taj Flight of Fancy and JetAirways Premiere; and 2 lounges in the international terminal - the Clipper Lounge and royal Lounge.

UPDATE:  Customer reviews, published between late May through late March 2014, paint a dismal picture - all of them have been rating the 'new' Airport as only ranking one out of a possible ten!  Complaints were about dirty & flooded bathrooms, broken tiles of new terminal, the La Meridian lounge being 'a joke', and baggage reclaim taking forever.
ACTION:  After a surprise inspection of the Airport and determining 'severe shortcomings', the Civil Aviation Minister issued a warning in July 2014 that 'action' would be taken if 'spruce-up' of the terminal (and lax attitude of officers) have not been given the proper attention within two weeks. He indicated a follow-up visit in person thereafter. 

Parking options at Chennai Airport:  Parking (including reserved parking) is available across from the terminal complex. 
Rental car counters are in the Arrivals area of both terminals.

Present and future Airport developments: 
The Metro is to cover 45 km by year-end 2015; however, its first phase should be operational by mid-year 2014, which addresses two routes and includes underground & elevated areas.  By year-end 2014 Chennai Airport is to be connected to parts of northern Chennai & city center, & should eventually include seven routes.
2. Further expansion of both terminals are in the design stage.  It is anticipated that by 2020 the airport will handle 500 flights a day.

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