Passenger guide - Chennai airport (MAA) 

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Chennai International Airport, opened in 1954, is one of the busiest in India. It operates with domestic destinations and international flights to the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

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Number of Terminals - 2 - Kamaraj Terminal (domestic flights) and Anna Terminal (international flights), open 24 hours a day. The terminals are connected through free battery-operated vehicles and coach services.
Annual passenger traffic: More than 20.3 million passengers went through it in 2017.
Tel: +91 442 256 1122. There are information and tourist desks in both terminals.



The airport is situated in Tirusulam, 17 km (10 miles) southwest from Chennai.

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There are car rental counters in the Arrivals areas, open 24 hours a day. Aviation Express (Tel +91 442 435 4073), Avis (Tel +91 124 472 4850), Fast Track (Tel +91 442 256 0550 / 473 2020).

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The airport has currency exchange bureaus, ATMs, post office, VIP lounges, mobile phone services, charging stations and Wi-Fi access with no charge for 45 minutes.

Food and Drinks- Restaurants, bars, coffee shops, confectioneries and vending machines.
Shopping- Duty-free shops in the Anna Terminal, apparel, books, newspapers and magazines, local and luxury items, footwear.
Baggage- Free trolleys. Secure baggage wrapping machines in the check-in area of the Anna Terminal. Left luggage service in the Arrivals Hall of the same building. Enquiries about lost property should be directed to Tel +91 442 256 3100 / 3101 / 3600 / 3601.
Other Services- Smoking lounges, prayer room, medical center, baby care rooms, pharmacy.


Bus - Line 18A from Metropolitan Transport Corporation (Tel +91 2461 5989) departs frequently to the city and the trip takes around 45 minutes, going through Broadway, Central Station, Saidapet, Pallavaram and Tambaram. It operates from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. The bus stop is located outside the airport gate. There are also inter-state services at the central terminal.

Train - The Tirusulam Station is found outside the airport and services run to Egmore and Park stations, in Chennai, every 20-40 minutes. Journey time is approximately 30 min. Other stops include Tambaram, Pallavaram, Guindy, Mambalam and Chennai Beach. More information: Tel +91 971 763 0982.

Metro - Chennai Metro Rail (Tel +91 442 379 2000) offers a service to Nehru Park and Little Mount, where you can board a line to the city centre.

Taxi - Vehicles from Ola Cabs (Tel +91 806 735 0900) available outside the terminals. In the Arrivals area there is a counter to arrange pre-paid services. Travel time to downtown Chennai is about 40 minutes.

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Some of the nearby accommodations include: Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai (Tel +91 442 231 0101), Trident Chennai (Tel +91 442 234 4747), Just Guest House (Tel +91 944 402 0270), Quality Inn Airport - Chennai (Tel +91 447 112 2000), Airway Drive In Hotel (Tel +91 442 264 1681), ZingleStay (Tel +91 729 919 3193), Mahalaya Residency (Tel +91 442 264 7170), Hotel Sivam Lodging (Tel +91 442 264 0204), Mars Hotel Deluxe (Tel +91 995 296 6992), NK Grand Park (Tel +91 442 264 7700). Most of them provide transportation to and from the airport.


There are car parks outside both terminals, with standard and premium options and spaces for 2-wheeler vehicles. Fees


Passengers requiring special assistance or wheelchairs should notify their airline about their particular needs prior to their travel. The enclosure has escalators, lifts, reserved parking spaces, exclusive resting areas and adapted toilets. An ambulift is also available to facilitate boarding and descending from the aircraft.

Latest updates: May, 08, 2018
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