Chennai Airport History
Chennai International Airport, earlier known as Madras International Airport, is located 7 km to the south of Chennai. It was in the year 1912 when the first domestic flight had flown between Karachi and Delhi by the Indian state Air services in association with the Imperial Airways, UK. It was one of the primary airports in India and in the year 1954, was the last destination of Air India's first flight which flew to Madras (Chennai) from Bombay (Mumbai) via Belgaum. The first operational passenger terminal was constructed at the northeast side of the airport and it was known as Meenambakkam Airport. The domestic operation started in 1985 and the airport started operations of International flights in 1989. The airport got its new building in 2003 whereas the old one is used for cargo purpose at present.
Chennai Airport Terminals:
Terminal 1: Kamaraj Terminal is a domestic terminal which connects the city with 20 destinations across India. There are several flights of some prominent airlines such as Air India, Indigo 6E, Jet Airways/ Jetlite, Kingfisher and Spicejet.
Terminal 2: The second terminal is for international operations and it is known as Anna Terminal that connects the city with all the major destinations like London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Muscat, Bahrain, Dhahran, Jeddah, Singapore, Kula Lampur and Sri Lanka. The terminal operates airlines such as Air India, Indian Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Air Lanka, Oman Air, Gulf Air and Saudia Airlines.
Facilities at Chennai Airport
Baggage Services: At the airport, passenger will get luggage trolleys to carry their baggage easily. One can also find baggage wrapping machine at the airport. The baggage service is quite well and one can comfortably carry his or her luggage in and out of the airport. For physically challenged people, wheel chairs with escorts are also provided.
Places to Shop and Eat: There are a lot of things to eat and shop at the airport such as TR Book Stall, Handloom Handicraft stalls, Snack Bar, Tea Coffee bar, and several Juice Counter as well as restaurants. You will also find reserved lounge / executive lounge as well. Here, one can also find Auto Vending Machines (for snacks, newspapers, magazines etc.)
Duty Free Shopping: The airport has some duty free shops like Flemingo's attractive duty free shops. From these shops, you can buy things like Duty Free Alcohol of brands like Johnnie Walker, Bayleys, Smirnoff Vodka, Chivas Regal, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Courvoisier, Bushmills as well as cigarettes, cigars, perfumes, cosmetics and tobacco.
Connectivity with the City from Chennai Airport
Bus stand: The total distance between the Chennai airport and the state bus terminal is about 14 km and it takes hardly 20 minutes to reach. You will easily get private cabs and taxis as well as buses to reach the airport from the bus stand.
Railway Station: The airport is approximately 19 km from the railway station and it takes around 30 minutes to reach. From the railway station, you can easily hire taxis to reach the airport.
Chennai Airport Authority
Airports Authority of India (AAI) is the operator of the Chennai International Airport and it manages all the things at the airport. To provide ultra modern amenities and comfort, AAI takes various steps every year. The authority also manages the services like cargo and custom for security purposes.
Chennai Airport Awards & Honors
The airport bagged ‘Airport of the Year’ award in 2012 for cargo handling. It was the third successive award in this category from 2010 to 2012 for the airport.
Located by the Bay of Bengal on the Coromandel Coast of west India, Chennai has a tropical climate and is one the most important ports in the country, handling a substantial portion of India's entire maritime cargo. It is also a city of colourful cultures, beautiful scenery and thriving commerce. Chennai is well-connected to the rest of the country with numerous flights, trains, and bus services offered. Though trains are still much cheaper, cheap air tickets are making the option of air travel much more affordable and popular, and the capital of Chennai has many airlines offering budget and discounted tickets to and from Chennai Airport.