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Chennai Airport in Tamil Nadu was formerly known as Madras Airport.

Chennai Airport

Chennai International Airport is situated at Tirisulam, 7 Km south of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu, India. The airport holds the distinction of being one of the largest international gateways into the country and being the third busiest airport in India, after Mumbai and Delhi. In addition to this, the airport operates as the main air hub for Tamil Nadu. The airport serves more than 25 different airlines. Chennai airport is the second-largest cargo hub in the country, after Mumbai. Go through the following lines to check out information on the profile of Chennai airport.

The history of Chennai airport dates back to the 1950s, when it was one of the first airports in India. The airport served as the final destination of Air India's first flight from Bombay (Mumbai) via Belgaum, in 1954. Initially, Chennai airport was referred to as Meenambakkam Airport, due to the construction of the first passenger terminal, located at the northeast side of the airfield. The place was included in the suburb of Meenambakkam. The passenger operations were shifted to Tirusulam, south near Pallavaram, where a new terminal complex was built. Currently, the old terminal building is used as a cargo terminal and served as the base for Indian courier company - Blue Dart.

Airport Structure
Chennai International Airport consists of three terminals, which include the old terminal at Meenambakkam, the new passenger terminal complex situated near Pallavaram, which consists of both domestic and international terminals. The domestic and international terminals are linked by a building, which houses administrative offices and a restaurant. A new international block, consisting of three aerobridges, has been added to the airport. The new block is used for departures, while the older building serves as a place for arrivals.

The Chennai International Airport is planning its modernization and expansion. As a part of the renovation drive, the airport proposes to include a parallel runway, taxiways, aprons and new passenger terminal buildings, in its premises. In order to expand itself, the airport would acquire land in nearby areas. Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Gerugambakkam and Tharapakkam in Sriperumbudur taluk are the proposed areas, where the airport would be expanded. The airport plans to construct a new domestic terminal and expand its existing international terminal. In addition to this, Chennai Airport has decided to construct an integrated cargo complex in its premises.


Domestic Flights (Kamraj Terminal)
International Flights (Anna Terminal)
Firsts Credited To Chennai Airport
Passenger Facilities
Contact Details
Chennai International Airport
Great Southern Trunk Rd
Tamil Nadu
Phone :044-22560661 (9 lines)
Fax :22560512, 22560841.India

Last Updated on 1st August, 2009