Chennai has the third busiest airport in India (behind Mumbai and Delhi), handling around 12 million passengers each year. Previously known as Madras International Airport, it is situated around 7km south of Chennai, in the Tirusulam district.
The facility includes three terminals; Anna
Terminal for international flights (including Etihad Airways), Kamaraj Terminal
for domestic flights, and a dedicated cargo terminal. The two passenger
terminals, which are located within walking distance of each other, contain
onsite facilities such as duty free shops, foreign exchange outlets, restaurants
and cafes, book stores and a communications centre for internet access. In
addition, guests travelling with Etihad Airways in Pearl Business or Diamond
First Class have access to the Oberoi Lounge.
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has
commenced a large-scale expansion and modernisation project for Chennai
International Airport, which will increase the annual capacity to 23 million
passengers once completed (16 million domestic and 7 million international).