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, 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:
1.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.