Chennai Airport’s Terminals, Reviews, Lounges, & Other Facilities!

Chennai International Airport is serving its services to the number of the cities like Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu, and its metropolitan area, India. It is the 4th busiest airport in India in terms of total passenger traffic after airports at Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru. It is the 49th busiest airport in Asia.

It handles the 400 aircraft per day. It was the 1st airport in India to have international and domestic terminals located adjacent to each other. This airport is the regional headquarters of the Airports Authority of India for South Indian states.

Chennai airport status contains the following information:

Airport Name and Code:

The code of the Chennai International Airport is “MAA”. The domestic terminal is named as K. Kamaraj airport and the international terminal is named as C.N. Annadurai airport.

Airport Location:

The airport is spread over the suburbs of Meenambakkam, Pallavaram, and Tirusulam that is about 14.5 km southwest of the city center.

Travel Time to City Center:

It takes almost 20-30 minutes. The airport operates the number of airlines like Blue Dart Aviation, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and IndiGo. It also operates the Air India and GoAir flights, which are much cheaper than the Mumbai or Delhi flights for travelers who are flying into India from the east.


The airport is separated into Anna International Terminal (AIT), Kamaraj Domestic Terminal (KDT), and a cargo terminal. And have the Chennai airport arrivals & departures. The Anna international and Kamaraj domestic terminals are connected to each other.



In total, Airport Terminal has 48 check-in counters. The boarding gates are available on 2 levels, 6 on the ground level and 3 on level 1.

The following lounges are located in the terminal:

  • Travel Club
  • Alcohol-free domestic lounge
  • International lounge
Chennai Airport Terminal 1:

The domestic terminal is also known as Kamaraj Terminal. This terminal connects the Airport with 20 different destinations in India. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are connected to each other through a building. The walking distance is just of 20 minutes.

The airport provides the services of transportation by golf carts. It is planned to connect the terminals to the metro station and also planned to construct the multi-level park.

Terminal 2:

The International terminal (T2) is also known as Anna Terminal that connects to the 20 destinations worldwide.


You can enter into the following lounges at airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program if you are an economy class traveler.


Travel Club (Domestic)

The first one is located at the Domestic Terminal, Airside, 3rd floor, opposite Gate 5. The opening time starts at 4:00 AM and closed at 9:00 PM Daily.

Travel Club (International)

The second one is placed at the International Terminal, Airside, opposite Gates 11 to 14. It is open for 24 hours.

Travel Club (New International)

The third one is located at the New International Terminal, Airside, 3rd floor VIP lounge level, opposite Gate 7. It provides its services for the 24 hours.

The three of these lounges provide refreshments, newspapers, wireless Internet, TV, and flight information.

Air India maharajah lounge (domestic)

It is located at the Domestic Terminal, inside security. It opens from Monday to Sunday. The lounge provides the various facilities like snacks, internet, Newspaper, and magazines.

Air India maharajah lounge (international)

It is located at the Terminal 2, international terminal, inside security. Its opening time starts at 4:00 and closed at 10:00 PM. It serves the snacks, beer, wine, internet, and printers. Showers are also available.

Port Lounge

It is located in the International Terminal, Airside, 2nd Floor.


There is the number of hotels are available near and insides the airport. The hotels are placed within the distance of 5-10 minute from the airport.

Retiring Rooms:

Look for signs of “Retiring Rooms”. There is an affordable air-conditioned public area in the terminal. Rooms are facilitated with the showers, quiet and dimmed sleeping. They are located between the new International and new Domestic Terminal, on the ground floor, left of the AII Airport Staff Canteen.

The Hotels nearby the Airport are:

Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai:

It is just 1.5 miles away from the airport. The hotel is also providing the free shuttle service with certain room categories.

Trident Chennai:

It is just less than 2 miles away from the airport. Free airport transportation is available upon request. You can book it via email.

Just Guest House:

It is placed in the walking distance that is 10 minutes from the airport. The free airport transportation is available.

Quality Inn Airport:

It takes 12 minutes from the airport. The shuttle is available upon request. The hotel provides the free full breakfast, fitness, meeting room and laundry service. Free Wi-Fi service is also available.

Mahalaya Residency:

It is located at the GST Road Pallavaram, Chennai. Free shuttle service, breakfast, and Wi-Fi connection are also available. It is open for 24 hours.


You can reach the airport or get to the airport through the number of ways. The most convenient Airport Transfer Service is:

By Train:

You can get the train at the Tirusulam Railway Station. You just have to walk through the gate, down Great Southern Trunk Road, and go through the underpass running beneath National Highway 45. There you will find the train to get to the city. The takes about 25-30 minutes and you will reach the Egmore station.


By Bus:

There is also a public bus stop that is located right just outside the gates of Airport.

  • Chennai Airport Bus 18A operates between 5 am and 10 pm, making frequent trips into the city. But you have to tell the driver where you want to go in the city so they can help you to get off at the right stop.
  • Airport Bus No. 18B operates along the same route as 18A but is air-conditioned, and generally less full.
By Hotel Shuttles:

Several hotels provide airport transportation service for their guests like Hablis Hotel, Mars Deluxe, Le Royal Meridien Chennai, Radisson Blu Hotel Chennai, etc. Al, you have to do is contact them of choice for availability and details.

By Taxi:

Always use prepaid taxis to get into the city from the airport. It is the best way to reach your destination without being overcharged. The number of taxi companies has counters in the arrivals section at the Airport.

By Metro:

Chennai Metro offers service from the airport to Little Mount that is located at the halfway of the city center. The metro station is located just across the taxi parking lot.


Free Wi-Fi is available at Airport. Connect your device to the internet network and enjoy the services. There is a number of internet stations are located in the terminals and lounges.


  • The ATM or cash machines are also available at the airport.
  • Currency Exchange: The currency exchange is located at the airside to departing and arriving passengers in both Domestic and International terminals.


  • Duty-Free & Shopping: Duty-free shopping is available at the airside of both departing and arriving passengers in the International Terminal. A wide range of merchandise, tea and clothing is also available throughout the airport.
  • Food & Drinks: Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. At the time of this update, we could not confirm the availability of 24-hour dining.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers: luggage storage is available at the International Arrivals, landside.
  • Massages and Spa: To feel stress-free or want to melt away the stress there are 10, 15 and 30-minute massages available.
  • Medical Services: Urgent emergency medical care is available in the Apollo Hospitals First Aid Room. Seek the assistance of an airport staff member for access.
  • Post Office: it is located at the Domestic Arrivals, landside.
  • Showers & Smoking Rooms: Yes, showers and smoking rooms are also in the Retiring Rooms.

This guide is for informational purpose to assist you with your planning trip. The information about the airport is based on information that is aware you about the airport’s lounges, hotels, and transportation services.


By mohamedhajeek1994- Great Airport

I like this airport in the airport both domestic and international flight also coming good car parking facilities good and clean cab facilities also there many County people also come to the airport many flights like Emirates, gulf airways, Indian airways Kingfisher etc all the flight comes to the airport.

By Anish Menon- Excellent experience

It was an excellent experience at the security gate. Impressive effort by the guards and the management to ensure that total time in line was under 10 mins. This is the best experience I have had at peak hour in any airport in India, hope the rest of the airports can follow suit.

By Santhosh28794 – Attractive airport

Anna international airport is one of the best airports in India they provide the good service. This airport looks like very superb and in this their maintenance is very good. In this we have available the good food items Chinese, KFC and McDonalds all are in tasty to eat. And they provide high security for the people and good experience with the immegration process. I like this airport very much. This is a one of the best one I visited.