Chennai International Airport (IATA: MAA, ICAO: VOMM) is an international airport serving the city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and its metropolitan area. It is located in Meenambakkam and Tirusulam, 21 km from the city centre. The airport handled over 22.5 million passengers in 2017-18, with over 570 aircraft movements and 30,000 passengers per day. Chennai international airport is the third busiest in international traffic and cargo capacity in the country behind New Delhi and Mumbai. It is the fourth busiest airport in country's overall passenger traffic behind New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. It is also 49th busiest airport in asia making it one of the four major airports in India under the top 50 list. The airport is served by the airport metro station of the Chennai Metro and the Tirusulam railway station of the Chennai Suburban Railway system. In order to cope with the passenger traffic two new terminals namely T5 and T6 (one satellite terminal) are under construction to handle 40 million passengers per year. Once completed, it will be india's first airport to have a satellite terminal. The new satellite terminal will be connected through a four way underground walkalator for passenger movement across different terminals. Still the airport will reach saturation by 2022 with a peak capacity of 40 million passengers and a proposal for new airport in chennai is underway for decades. Once the new airport is commissioned, both the airports will be functional until all operations are moved to the new airport.
The domestic and the international terminals are 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 located adjacent to each other. This airport serves as the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for South India comprising the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, and Kerala and the union territories of Puducherry and Lakshadweep.
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by Thierry Wheeler ( JAN.2019)