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Chennai Airport

The fourth busiest airport in the country Chennai International Airport also happens to be the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for South India. Chennai Airport has 48 check-in counters with top-notch facilities like duty-free outlets, bars and eat-ins to cater to the passengers.

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Chennai International Airport Address
Chennai International Airport
GST Rd
Meenambakkam, Chennai,
Tamil Nadu 600027

Enquiries Number: 91 44 2256 0551

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Chennai International Airport, Chennai

Chennai International Airport (MAA), located around 15 kilometers from the city center, serves the city of Chennai. It is the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for South India. Chennai Airport is the fourth busiest airport in India with respect to passenger traffic after Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. It had over 18.3 million passengers in 2016-2017 and is the 47th busiest airport in Asia. It handles more than 400 aircraft movements every day.

Terminals Trivia

Chennai Airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. The two terminals are connected by a link building and are 20-minute apart. Terminal 1, the domestic terminal, is also known as Kamaraj Terminal. The domestic terminal connects the city to nearly 20 destinations in India and the International terminal connects to around 20 destinations worldwide. The main airlines operating from Terminal 1 are Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, and SpiceJet. Terminal 2, the international terminal, is also known as Anna Terminal. The main airlines operating from Terminal 2 are British Airways, Lufthansa, Emirates, and so on. The airport offers a special Hajj Terminal to host 600 pilgrims during the Hajj season. Chennai International Airport terminals has 48 check-in counters in total.

Shop, Eat, and Relax

There are plenty of options to shop, relax, and enjoy at Chennai Airport. The airport offers many duty-free shops, shopping outlets, luxurious spa services, bar, and other recreational activities for the customers.

Wheelchair services for the disabled passengers, medical facilities, childcare rooms, conference rooms for meetings or family reunion, prayer and meditation rooms, and plenty of ATMs are available in both terminals. Also, special ADA assistance, free Wi-Fi connection, and smoking areas are provided for the passengers. You can use information counter, currency exchange service, and lost and found counter available at the airport.

There are retiring rooms and shower areas at the airport. You can spend some time at the luxurious lounges available at the airport, such as The Port Lounge and Travel Club Lounge.

Transport Facilities

Chennai airport is well-connected to the city. Prepaid taxis are the best option to travel to/from the city center. You can also use trains services, as the railway station is just 2 km away from the airport. Rickshaws are always available at the airport and are a cheap way of transport to any part of the city. Also, there are frequent A/C and non-A/C bus services from the bus stand near the airport. Other than these, the app based transport services are handy and a lot of rental car companies are available at the airport.

Are you looking for a place to stay?

There are plenty of hotels near airport in Chennai. Some luxurious hotel and resorts options near the airport include Trident, Quality Inn Airport Chennai, and Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai. If you are looking for budgeted hotels, you can choose Hotel Mars Classic, Royal Green Accommodation, or AVNB Towers.

Explore Chennai!

Chennai is home to plenty of tourist attractions. You can visit Edward Elliot's Beach, Phoenix Marketcity, The Forum Vijaya, Anjaneya Temple, Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam, and Guindy Snake Park. Also, Birla Planetarium, VGP Golden Beach, VGP Universal Kingdom, St Andrew's Church, and Archaic Craft Collections are few places that are worth visiting.

FAQs

Q. Which are the cheap flights - domestic and international- that operate from Chennai airport?
A. IndiGo and SriLankan Airlines are the cheap flights that operate from Chennai airport.

Q. What is the airport code for Chennai airport?
A. The airport code for Chennai airport is MAA.

Q. Which is the most frequent international route from Chennai airport? 
A. The most frequent international route from Chennai airport is Chennai to Colombo with 60 weekly flights.

Q. Which is the most frequent domestic route from Chennai airport? 
A. The most frequent domestic route from Chennai airport is Chennai to Mumbai.

Q. Which is the first flight from Chennai airport?
A. The first flight from Chennai airport is SpiceJet SG 1 that departs from the airport at 12.05 AM to Colombo.

Q. Which is the last flight from Chennai airport?
A. The last flight from Chennai airport is Tiger Airways 2639 that departs from the airport at 11.45 PM to Singapore.

Q. How do I get to Marina Beach from Chennai airport?
A. You can take a local train or take a cab to Marina beach from Chennai airport.

Q. How can I get to VGP Universal Kingdom from Royapettah?
A. You can take a number of buses from Royapettah to VGP Universal Kingdom.

Q. What is the best means to tour Chennai city?
A. You can get a car rental or book an Ola rental to get about in the city.

Q. Are there local buses from Chennai airport to Raja Annamalaipuram?
A. Yes, there are local buses from Chennai airport to Raja Annamalaipuram.

Q. Can I get a taxi to Kanchipuram from Chennai airport?
A. Yes, you can easily get a taxi to Kanchipuram from Chennai.

Q. Is there local train connectivity from Chennai airport?
A. Yes, there is local train connectivity from Chennai airport.

Q. How long will it take me to get from Chennai airport to Alwarpet?
A. It will take around 40 minutes to get to Alwarpet from Chennai airport.

Q. What all transport is available from Chennai airport?
A. There are buses, car rentals and prepaid taxis available from Chennai airport.

Q. What is the best means to get to VGP Universal Kingdom from the Chennai airport?
A. You can take the bus or book a cab to get to VGP Universal Kingdom from the Chennai airport.

Q. How do I get to Abhiramapuram from Chennai airport?
A. It takes around 50 minutes to get to Abhiramapuram from Chennai airport.

Q. Which beach of Chennai is better - Marina or Elliot?
A. Marina beach is a crowded beach full of people and fun activities to do whereas Elliot’s beach is a pleasant and calm beach where you can go to relax and unwind after a long day.

Q. Can I get a chance to see Dolphin show in Chennai?
A. Chennai used to have a Dolphin show in Dolphin City at ECR Road on the East Coast. However this is no longer there, and instead you can find American Sea Lions - one of the few places in India where you can see them. There are also other interesting water activities to do here.

Q. What is the local food of Chennai one should try?
A. Idlis, dosas and cutting chai are some of the local food of Chennai one should try.

Q. What are the must-buys in Chennai?
A. The silk sarees and clothes locally made are some of the must-buys in Chennai.

Q. What are the good budget shopping markets of Chennai?
A. T. Nagar District markets are the good budget shopping markets of Chennai.

Q. What are the must-see monuments of Chennai?
A. Fort St. George, Madras High Court and Vivekananda house are some of the must-see monuments of Chennai.

Q. Is Marina Beach safe to stroll around in at night?
A. Yes, Marina beach is a safe place to take a stroll around at night.

Q. Are there any other attractions near VGP Universal Kingdom?
A. Olive beach is the nearest attraction to VGP Universal Kingdom.

Q. Are there any other attractions near VGP Universal Kingdom?
A. Olive beach is the nearest attraction to VGP Universal Kingdom.

Q. How far is Fort St. George from the Chennai airport?
A. Fort St. George is 22 km away from the Chennai airport.

Q. Which 4-star hotel would you recommend within 10 km of Chennai airport?
A. Trident is the best 4-star hotel within 10 km of Chennai airport.

Q. What is a good family hotel near the Chennai airport?
A. Quality Inn Airport is a good family hotel near the Chennai airport.

Q. Are there decent budget hotels in Alwarpet in Chennai?
A. Samco Hotel and Ekaana Cottages are some of the decent budget hotels in Alwarpet.

Q. What are some cheap hotels in Teynampet in Chennai?
A. Hotel Planet Mount, Season 4 Guest House and Amarjyothi Lodge are some of the cheap hotels in Teynampet.

Q. Would you recommend The Belstead hotel as a good option to stay with family?
A. Yes, the Belstead hotel as a good option to stay with family.

Q. Name some three star hotels near Fort St. George?
A. Hotel Pearl International and FabHotel are some three star hotels near Fort St. George.

Q. Is there any cheap hotel near Chennai airport?
A. Hotel Sivam Lodging is a cheap hotel near Chennai airport.

Q. Can you tell me names of some budget hotels near Chennai airport?
A. Kek Accommodation, Maruthi Residency and Hotel Mars are some budget hotels near Chennai airport.

Q. Which 5-star hotel is near Chennai airport?
A. Hablis is a 5-star hotel near Chennai airport.

Q. What are the most popular hotels near Chennai airport?
A. Quality Inn Airport Chennai, Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai, Trident Hotel and Quality Inn are some of the most popular hotels near Chennai airport.

Q. What are the most popular airlines - domestic and international - that operate from Chennai airport?
A. SpiceJet, Japan Airlines, and Jet Airways are the most popular airlines that operate from Chennai airport.

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