Touch­ing Greater Heights

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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

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