Touching Greater Heights
The capital city of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, is the biggest cultural, economic and educational attraction in southern India. It is not only a popular tourist spot among Indian travellers but it is also frequented by foreign travel enthusiasts. The history of Chennai upholds the development of the city from a small fishing village into a lively metropolis and a major gateway to South India. Chennai, today serves as a fastgrowing industrial and commercial hub of the South.
HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT
In 1948, Madras (now Chennai) became the first city in the country to host an airport. The airstrip expanded to become the Meenambakkam Aerodrome, named after the nearby village. With the new passenger terminal established in the 1980s near Trisulam, the old Meenambakkam Terminal was dedicated to cargo, a function that it still fulfils to this day.
In 1952, the Civil Aviation Department of the Government of India undertook the charge of Madras Airport. The International Airports Authority of India was entrusted with the charge of the airport in 1972.
In 1985, a new Domestic Terminal was commissioned to accommodate the increasing demand of passenger footfall. The new International Terminal and International Departure Terminal were commissioned in 1989 and 2003, respectively. The present terminal was commissioned in 2013 and proper expansion of the airport is currently under progress.
An inimitable feature of the Chennai Airport is that the new International and Domestic Terminals are separated by old Domestic and International Terminals, whereas departures are connected with a flyover and arrivals are connected with a canopy. In the next phase of the airport’s expansion, the old terminals will be replaced by new terminals and they will make the entire building a homogenous unit. The local suburban railway station is connected
Elevated corridor and car parking at Chennai Airport