Chennai Madras (MAA) Airport
Chennai Madras MAA Airport Overview
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, 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 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 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.
NOTE, however, that the International terminal's official opening is now forecasted for January 2014 - as 'collapsing false ceilings, cracking glass panels, faulty baggage ramps and stinking toilets, among other things' (according to 'The Hindu' news) have plagued the new terminal. Furthermore, the two ramps to the Metro Station between the terminals will also become operational at that time.
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.
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: While the International Terminal is to be fully operational by January 2014 (including the ramps to the Metro Station), the first phase of the Metro is to cover 45 km by year-end 2015; however, its first phase should be operational by mid-year 2014. Phase 1 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.
Further expansion of both terminals are in the design stage. It is anticipated that by 2020 the airport will handle 500 flights a day.