Annadurai International Airport, Chennai

Annadurai International Airport in Chennai International Airport is the main airport serving the city of Chennai.

The domestic and international terminals was named after former chief ministers of Tamil Nadu K. Kamaraj and C. N. Annadurai, respectively. It was the first airport in India to have international and domestic terminals.  

Annadurai International Airport, Chennai

In the year 1912, the first domestic flight were flown between Delhi and Karachi by the Indian Air services. The first flight of Air India was launched in the year 1954 from this airport, which was flown between Mumbai and Belgaum.

Terminal 1

Chennai Airport Terminal 1 is the domestic terminal, also known as Kamaraj Terminal, which used to be the single passenger terminal before 1988 when the International “Anna” Terminal was inaugurated. This terminal connects Chennai International Airport with 20 different domestic destinations within India.

Terminal 2

The old terminal at Meenambakkam was used as cargo services. This cargo terminal handles two divisions – the import and export facilities. For the third consecutive time, The CIA was selected as the Airport of the Year in 2012 for cargo handling.

Terminal 3

Chennai Airport Terminal 3, which is also known as Anna Terminal, was built back in 1988 after the opening of the Domestic Terminal known as Kamaraj Terminal.

Terminal 4

Chennai Airport Terminal 4 is the new International Terminal that opened its gates in late 2017. This airport is expected to serve International operations from the terminal.

The CIA has two runways for safe landing and take-offs: The primary one is No. 07/25, which is 3,658 m long. The secondary runway is No. 12/30 that is 2, 925 m long.

Chennai Airport

CIA has two runways for safe landing and take-offs-  07/25 of 3,658m (asphalt) and 12/30 of 2,045m (asphalt/concrete).

Chennai Airport Taxis / Cabs: At Chennai Airport there are available prepaid taxis. Passengers need to go to the prepaid taxi booth first, in the Arrivals hall, and pay for the ride. To know more about Cab Services in Chennai, click here.

Chennai Airport Buses: Various bus services are available in between the city and the airport. Know about the Bus Routes in Chennai here.

Chennai International Airport at a Glance

Address: Great Southern Trunk Road, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600027

Contact number: 044 2256 0551

Elevation: 10 m

Time Zone: +5:30 hours from UTC/GMT

Airport Code:

Flight Stats code: MAA

IATA code: MAA


Other Airports around Chennai: Some of them are airbases serving defense purposes.

Tiruchirappalli International Airport or Trichy International Airport:

Location: Tiruchirapalli

Flight Destinations: Kuala Lumpur, Chennai, Singapore, Kochi, Dubai, Colombo, Bangalore, Singapore.

Airport Type: International

Airport Role: Commercial

Coimbatore Airport:

Location: Peelamedu, Coimbatore

Flight Destinations: Sharjah, Delhi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Singapore.

Airport Type: International

Airport Role: Commercial

Madurai Airport:

Location: Madurai

Flight Destinations: Chennai, Mumbai, Lanka, Colombo, Delhi, Hyderabad

Airport Type: Customs

Airport Role: Commercial

Salem Airport:

Location: Salem

Airport Type: Domestic

Airport Role: Commercial

Tuticorin Airport:

Location: Thoothukudi (Tuticorin)

Flight Destinations: Bangalore, Chennai

Airport Type: Domestic

Airport Role: Commercial

Tambaram Air Force Station:

Location: Tambaram, Chennai

Airport Type: Defence

Airport Role: Air Base

Sulur Air Force Base:

Location: Coimbatore

Airport Type: Defence

Airport Role: Air Base

Hosur Aerodrome:

Location: Hosur

Services: 'C' checks, 1200 hours inspections, landing and parking services for private aircraft

Airport Type: Private

Airport Role: Commercial

INS Rajali Naval Air Station:

Location: Arakkonam

Airport Type: Defence

Airport Role: Air Base

Thanjavur Air Force Station:

Location: Thanjavur

Airport Type: Defence

Airport Role: Air Base

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