Chennai International Airport is an international airport serving the city of Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, India and its metropolitan area. It is the fourth busiest airport in India in terms of total passenger traffic after airports at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. It is the 49th busiest airport in Asia for CY 2016. In the fiscal year 2016-17, the airport handled over 18.3 million passengers. Over 400 aircraft movements are handled by the airport per day. It was the first airport in India to have international and domestic terminals located adjacent to each other. The airport serves as a hub for Blue Dart Aviation, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and IndiGo. It also serves as a focus city for Air India and GoAir.
The Chennai Airport is bifurcated into the Kamaraj Terminal that handles domestic arrivals and departures and the Anna Terminal or the international terminal connecting the city to numerous important cities across the globe. Named after the most influential leaders and Chief Ministers of Tamil Nadu, the terminals today jointly witness over 15 million passengers a year and over 350 aircraft movements every day.
- Terminal T1 - Domestic Departures & Arrival
- Terminal T2 - Old domestic terminal closed for operations
- Terminal T3 - International Arrivals
- Terminal T4 - International Departures
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There are many ways to reach Chennai Airport from the city.
- By Suburban Train to Chennai Airport
The cheapest way to the city is by taking the suburban train into the city which only costs ₹ 5 ($0.08, €0.07). The suburban train connects you to Chennai Park and Egmore, the two main passenger train stations. This is best if you don't have large amounts of baggage. You have to exit the airport and walk a considerable distance (~500m) to reach the station "Tirusulam".
- By Chennai Metro to Chennai Airport
The Chennai metro is also now connected to the airport and the airport metro station is just outside the exit, after crossing the taxi parking. Currently this (blue) line is operational only till Little Mount, halfway to the city center.
- By Taxi Chennai Airport
Using the pre-paid taxi to get to the city, each terminal has several booths for several taxi companies when you exit the airport, outside before you meet the crowd. The fares are different for the domestic and international terminals though the terminals are next to each other.