An airport taxi is available in Chennai

MAA Airport: Chennai International Airport

The international Chennai (Madras) Airport (MAA), also called Meenambakkam Airport or Chennai International Airport, was opened in 1954 and is the third most important airport in India. For the airlines Jet, Airways, Indian, Simplifly Deccan, JetLite and Air India, Chennai Airport (Madras) is the most important hub in South India and its destinations. The city of Chennai, formerly called Madras, with more than 4.6 million inhabitants, is located on the east coast of southern India. The airport currently has two passenger terminals and one freight terminal. The passenger volume is over 10 million passengers annually. The capacity is to be expanded to 23 million passengers per year with a third passenger terminal. Airlines flying to the airport include Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, Air India, Indian Airlines, Paramount Airways, Spicejet, IndiGo Airlines, Air India Express, Blue Dart Aviation and Etihad Airways. The top flight routes with information on the flight duration include, for example, Mumbai - 1 hour 40 minutes, Delhi - 2 hours 35 minutes, Bangalore - 1 hour, Hyderabad - 1 hour 30 minutes, Coimbatore - 1 hour 15 minutes, Madurai - 1 hour 20 minutes , Cochin - 1 hour 25 minutes, Calcutta - 2 hours 10 minutes, Tiruchirapally - 1 hour 20 minutes and Colombo - 1 hour 30 minutes. The most distant destinations that are served without changing planes include New York, London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt-Main and Copenhagen. Information desks can be found in the international terminal and in the domestic area. Help desks are also available at Chennai Airport (Madras).

Airport information Chennai (Madras)

  • Airport location: Chennai Airport (Madras) is around 17 kilometers from the city center of Chennai, and the cities of Kanchipuran and Vellore are close to the city.
  • Address: Chennai / Madras Airport, Chennai 600027, India.
  • Phone: The airport telephone number is: 44 22 34 05 51. The country code is +91, dialed as: 0091.
  • Local time: The local time at Chennai International Airport is: CET + 6.5 hours. Time zone UTC + 3.5 (no daylight saving time)
  • To eat and drink: There are various facilities in the domestic and international terminals of Chennai (Madras) Airport. The national terminal is set up for domestic passengers and is equipped with a corresponding restaurant. In the international terminal, culinary specialties are served in a restaurant for passengers. Bars and snack bars are also available. In addition, drinks machines are available to all passengers. In both terminals, drinking water is kept ready for travelers free of charge in cooling containers.
  • Money / finance If you want to exchange your currency at Chennai (Madras) airport, you can do so at one of the exchange counters. The counters are located in the arrival hall and in the departure hall of the terminal building. The Indian Bank-ATM operates a branch in the national terminal. ATMs are available here. The exchange rate for 1.00 euro = 68.5 Indian rupees (July 2009).
  • Telecommunications: A communication center has been set up at Chennai (Madras) Airport. Here the passenger can use e-mail, fax machines and internet access as well as video conferencing - WLAN is free of charge. Public telephones are set up in several areas.
  • Shops: At Chennai Airport (Madras) there are numerous shops that sell, for example, spirits, tobacco, sweets, souvenirs, books and goods for travel needs. Newspapers and magazines are available from the machine. A duty-free shop offers goods duty-free and tax-free.
  • Luggage: Luggage trolleys and trolleys can be used free of charge at Chennai (Madras) Airport. The information center is responsible for lost and found items - phone number + 91 44 22 56 05 51.
  • Meeting and business facilities: Chennai Airport (Madras) has a communication center. The business facilities include telephones, fax machines as well as Internet connections (WiFi) and the option of video conferences. For meeting rooms, for example, the nearby Hotel Le Royal Meridien is ideal. Small meeting rooms and larger conference rooms of up to 9,200 square meters with their own bar are available. The business center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. A fitness facility is also available - telephone number + 91 44 22 31 43 43. The Radisson Hotel Chennai also offers a business center and meeting rooms - telephone number 04 42 23 10 10 1.
  • Airport hotel: Chennai Airport (Madras) does not have its own airport hotel. There are numerous hotels nearby. These include, for example, the Radisson Hotel Chennai with three stars and meeting rooms - telephone number 04 42 23 10 10 1, the Hotel Mars with five stars, the Hotel Le Royal Meridien with five stars and business center and meeting rooms - telephone number + 91 44 22 31 43 43. All hotels are no more than three kilometers from the airport.
  • Passengers with reduced mobility: Chennai (Madras) Airport is barrier-free, has disabled toilets and elevators and offers a disabled service for wheelchair users. In addition, special rooms are available. Disabled parking spaces are also well marked and signposted and can be reserved. Those in need should contact the airline or the tour operator when booking or report to the information desk - telephone number + 91 44 22 56 05 51.
  • Children's facilities: At Chennai Airport (Madras) there are baby changing rooms for families with small children. A so-called infant lobby with play facilities is available for children.
  • Other facilities: A free medical service is available at Chennai (Madras) Airport. There is also a pharmacy in the airport. An information desk has been set up for tourist questions. Special relaxation rooms are available to passengers. Current art is shown in one area. In both terminals, drinking water is kept ready for travelers free of charge in cooling tanks.
  • Airport Lounges: Airlines make their lounges available to first-class passengers. The executive Le Meridien Lounge is set up at Chennai (Madras) airport. The airline Air India is currently setting up a new lounge at the airport. Executive Class passengers can relax and order drinks and snacks. Some airlines have international agreements. To do this, ask the airline in question.
  • Getting to and from Chennai Airport (Madras)

    Parking: Parking spaces are available at Chennai Airport (Madras) in front of the international terminal. 500 short-term and long-term parking spaces are available for a fee. Disabled parking spaces are available and marked accordingly. Information on the telephone number + 91 44 22 56 05 51. Hotels also offer parking spaces.
  • Rental car: Car rental counters are located in Chennai Airport (Madras) in the Arrivals Hall. All international entrepreneurs as well as local entrepreneurs offer different vehicles. If you book and reserve a rental car online or in a travel agency in advance, you save time and receive affordable rates. Vehicles that are rented on site can be billed via Visa and Mastercard.
  • Cars: Chennai Airport (Madras) can be reached by car from the north via the National Highway N 5 in the direction of Cholovoarom. From the west the highways N 205 and N 4 lead in the direction of Sriperumbudar and from the south on the national highway N 45 in the direction of Maraimalai to the airport. There is good signage. The city of Chennai and the airport can be reached by water from the east.
  • Taxi: There are numerous taxi ranks in front of the terminal building at Chennai Airport (Madras). In addition to the possibility of a taxi, there are also motorcycle taxis or so-called TUK-TUK available. The fare usually has to be paid in advance. The exchange rate for 1.00 euro = 68.5 Indian rupees (July 2009).
  • Bus: In addition to the rail connection, it is also possible to take a bus from Chennai Airport (Madras) to downtown Chennai. The city bus with the designation 18 A leaves every 25 to 30 minutes in the direction of the city center.
  • Train / train / underground: Chennai Airport (Madras) is the only airport in India with a direct rail connection. The airport train station is called Tirusulam. The South Line of the Indian railway company Surburban Rail Network runs daily from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every 30 minutes in the direction of Chennai Beach station to the railway junction in Chengalpattu. From here all other parts of the country can be reached with different trains. A ticket counter has been set up in the terminal building.
  • Miscellaneous: The national and international terminals are interconnected and can be easily reached on foot. Between Chennai Airport (Madras) and various hotels, the hotels sometimes use their own shuttle services. It is advisable to provide information in advance. For people with physical disabilities, help with checking in and out is available upon request. Information on the telephone number + 91 44 22 56 05 51. The airport has rooms available for passengers to relax a little between flights. The rooms are located between the international and national terminals. If you have any questions, the information service is available.
  • Particularities: Chennai Airport (Madras) is barrier-free and has disabled toilets, elevators and offers a disabled service for wheelchair users as well as disabled parking spaces. Chennai Airport received the Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman's Award for innovative excellence in 2008. The office of the Customs Commissioner can be reached on 22 56 09 41.
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Status: August 2010 - current information can be found on the airport website.