Handling over 10 million passengers in 2007 and serving more than 50 different airlines Chennai International Airport is the third largest International Airport in India located in Meenambakkam, 7 km south of Chennai, India. It is main air hub for South India and also important for cargo terminus after Mumbai whereas it is also a center airport for Jet Airways, Deccan and Air India.
It was referred to as Meenambakkam Airport because of the first terminal building of this airport, which is built near the village side of Meenambakkam at the northeast side of the airfield. In 1954 it was the final destination of Air India’s Flight from Mumbai via Belgium whereas it is one of the first airport of India. Now a day the old terminal building is used as a base for Blue Dart an Indian courier company and also as cargo terminal. And a new terminal building for passenger shifting is built in the south near Pallavaram.
It is said that Chennai International Airport has added Kamaraj and Anna terminal with the Meenambakkam terminal in 1988. With this new addition in north the south new passenger terminal complex is increasing day by day. In the passenger terminal building there are the domestic and international terminals and houses administrative offices and a restaurant. It is said that hourly flight handling capability of Chennai International Airport will be lessened by the year 2014-15. As Anna International Terminal has accommodate 3,410,253 passenger and Kamaraj Domestic Terminal Building has accommodate 7,249,501 passengers in 2007-08 and both have surpassed passenger handling capacity whereas both have capacity to handle passenger gradually 3 million and 6 million. In case of cargo handling in 2007-08 the Chennai airport, a report says handled a cargo of 270,608 tones,
The modernization and expansion of the Meenambakkam airport is depended on the resolution and acquisition of land in nearby areas such as of Manapakkam, Kolapakkam, Kerugambakkam and Tharapakkam in Sriperumbudur taluk. AAI has decided to add a parallel runway, taxiways, aprons and new passenger handling building as new creation to the airport.
It is proposed that through the Metro Rail Way System the airport will be connected to the important places of Chennai whereas the airport is situated on the busy Chennai – Tiruchirapalli Grand Southern Trunk Road and is also connected to the Suburban railway network by the Airport station.