Chennai International Airport is the main airport that serves the Chennai metropolis in southern India. Located across the suburbs of Tirusulam, Meenambakkam, and Pallavaram, the airport is the fourth-busiest one in the country by passenger traffic for 2014, and is the third busiest in terms of international traffic. As of 2014, it handles about 13.81 million passengers annually, with 341 aircraft movements per day. By 2016-17, Chennai International Airport is expected to reach saturation, requiring for construction of a second international airport at Sriperumbudur.
Chennai International Airport resides at an elevation of 52 feet or 16 metres above mean sea level, and has two runways: the asphalt runway is designated 07/25 and is 12,001 feet or 3,658 metres long, and the asphalt/concrete runway is designated 12/30 and is 9,596 feet or 2,925 metres long.
Chennai International Airport is the first airport in India to have its international and domestic terminals adjacent to each other. The airport has three terminals: the new passenger terminal complex at Tirusulam consists of the domestic (Kamaraj Terminal) and international (Anna Terminal) terminals which are interconnected by a link building, while the old terminal at Meenambakkam is used for cargo. The link building has administrative offices and a restaurant in it. Aerobridges and pedestrian walkways can also be used to go between terminals. The international terminal was extended in 2012, adding a new block. This new block is now used for departures, while the older one is being used for arrivals.
Airlines that operate at the Kamaraj domestic terminal are Air Costa, Air India, GoAir, IndiGo, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet. Airlines that operate at the Anna international terminal are Tigerair, Thai Airways International, Thai AirAsia, Sri Lankan Airlines, SpiceJet, Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Saudia, Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Maldivian, Lufthansa, Kuwait Airways, Jet Airways, IndiGo, Gulf Air, flydubai, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Air Mauritius, Air India Express, Air India, Air Austral, Air Asia, and Air Arabia.
Services and Facilities
ATMs are spread across Chennai International Airport, while the currency exchange establishments are located in the arrivals hall, the departures hall, and the International Terminal. Those looking for the lost and found office can find it in the baggage reclaim area. Luggage trolleys can be used for free, and porters are available for hire. The Communication Centre is located in the arrivals hall, equipped with Internet connection, video phones, and photocopying, fax, and conferencing facilities. Furthermore, there are also airline lounges, medical facilities, retiring rooms, vending machines, TVs, a rail reservation counter, and basic access and facilities for disabled guests located within the airport. The terminal buildings are connected with free Wi-Fi. While waiting at the airport, guests are also offered with food and drink options, mostly comprised of snack kiosks and vending machines. There is also a duty-free shop in the International Terminal, as well as newspaper, magazine, and basic travel accessories kiosks.