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Chennai International Airport (MAA)

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Meenambakkam,, Chennai
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  • Gomi S.
    "departure hall"(16 Tips)
    Nimesh B.
    "The new airport looks pretty awesome!"(9 Tips)
    Vibu N.
    "The new terminal and the new overhead access roads are great..."(12 Tips)
    Vani A.
    "Only book and food stores open at 5 ... Need to buy a blanket !?!?!"(6 Tips)
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  • Arvind M.
    Arvind MalhotraSeptember 4, 2014
    Absolutely a very uninterrsting airport if you are looking for shopping, enjoyments or anything, anything at all to eat or drink. But great fun if you want to look and talk to people from@all over the
  • Gomi S.
    Gomi SuppiahFebruary 20, 2015
    Get in on time. Queues can be long. A great whole in the wall bookstore Higginbottoms located at departure hall is worth the visit as books are decently prices. Nothing else in this airport
  • Erizo G.
    Erizo García RiveraFebruary 22, 2014
    You'll have to show ur passport and flight reservation to go in, then u can check in. If you're given a tag at check in, it's for ur hand bag. You'll hand it when u pass security, and pick it up later
  • Kishan K.
    Kishan KumarMay 25, 2014
    The New domestic airport had met all expectations.. it meets international standards in excellent service, decent security and ease of gate access. Lots of snack bars and places to chill !!
    Upvoted Aug 16
  • abhijeet m.
    abhijeet makhijaniFebruary 19, 2012
    If u have a long/late night transit (6+ hours), contact the passenger information desk. They have nearby hotels in all budgets with free pick-n-drop facility. Tried, tested and recommended.
  • Indu P.
    Indu PDecember 7, 2014
    If you have a domestic transit, follow the signs to Domestic Terminal and make sure you do not miss the elevator on the right that take you a level up to the Domestic terminal.
  • francesco e.
    francesco eriNovember 30, 2011
    Really easy to go from the Airport to the city by train. The train station is just 5 min walking in front of the airport. I did it with no problem on 1st time in India, 5rupee at the counter to Egmore
  • Nitin B.
    Nitin BajajNovember 18, 2012
    At domestic departures (Jet/AI/Spice), go up to the upper level security check, even if your gate is on the ground level. Much quicker and you can then take an elevator back the ground level.
  • Сергей М.
    Clean, big airport. You can go to the city by bus 18A or 18B(bus stand outside the airport). Or train - turn right and go for 200 metres
  • Sunny
    SunnyApril 15, 2014
    New upgrade has finally made it a decent airport, & the staff are more accommodating than in the past. Empty ur bottle before immigration and fill it up again near ur gate at the free water dispenser
  • Joe Z.
    Joe ZachariahMarch 18, 2014
    New airport is here, but as non functional as the earlier one. Some exterior beautification has been done, but still the people manning the booths are go about their chores in snails' pace
  • Vani A.
    Vani AiyerJuly 7, 2013
    Certainly better than before ... No hassle in security, check in... Large wide spaces ... Only book and food stores open at 5 ... Need to buy a blanket !?!?!
    Upvoted 2 days ago
  • Vivek A.
    Terminal 4 is the international terminal for departure. Air India is the first gate although there is no mention. Unlike domestic no need for baggage screening here which is a relief.
  • Sanvedana ™.
    Sanvedana ™January 18, 2013
    Chennai International Airport is the primary airport serving southern Indian metropolis of Chennai.It is located on GST road in the neighbourhood of Tirusulam, within the Chennai Metropolitan Area.
  • Ravi G.
    Ravi GroverNovember 30, 2012
    Domestic Terminal: Use the upstairs security check and stay up there until boarding time. No lines and no crowds! Seats are plentiful and the A/C is better too.
  • Rohit M.
    Rohit MonserrateNovember 13, 2014
    Theres nothing to do in this airport. The nicest thing that I've seen is the lounge that caters to every airline overall amazingly depressing
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  • Peter V.
    Peter VineApril 25, 2014
    Pack wellington boots if you want to use the toilets, careful of the randomly smashing window panes and good luck trying to find a working power socket.
  • Rahul U.
    Rahul UnniOctober 28, 2012
    If there is a loooong queue for the security check on the ground floor, go to the first floor and come back down! Never a queue up there.
  • Srivatsan G.
    Srivatsan GopinathNovember 8, 2014
    There is no currency exchange agency once you get past security. And they don't let you out once you go through. So make sure you get your currency exchanged BEFORE entering the security check.
  • Ravindranath P.
    Ravindranath PatilFebruary 24, 2012
    There is congestion at the airport particularly during morning hours. If u have to catch flight at 5 am, kindly reach at 3.30. Otherwise check in will be a pain.
  • Thomas K.
    Thomas KümmelAugust 10, 2014
    You'll find a smokers lounge close to Gate 15 in the old departure building.
    Upvoted Aug 27
  • Ajith V.
    Ajith VijayanJune 1, 2013
    If u take photos,some idiots come & shout at u"Don't take photos here".Of course, they r not t0da security or staffs,but da shop boys whom think airport owned by dem.Poor souls !!!!
  • Abhilash L.
    Abhilash L RSeptember 20, 2014
    Massive airport I have been to! Neat and clean. But as always the prices are too high within the airport.
  • Parthiban R.
    Parthiban RFebruary 23, 2015
    Hate their parking systems. Have to unload the luggage in the top floor and park the vehicle in the ground floor.. What the heck! An they charge whopping amount of 140rs per hour.
  • Gabrielle
    GabrielleJanuary 12, 2013
    Immigration takes a while to get through; the lines can be very long!
  • romit m.
    romit mitraFebruary 23, 2010
    There are at least two general access bars in the airport - one before check-in and the other after on the 3rd floor
  • Craig W.
    Craig WilkieFebruary 22, 2013
    Pretty grim place for a long layover. Spent 12 hrs once and vowed never again. Once you enter your particular terminal you may not leave again so don't go in until you have to.
  • Alan C.
    Alan Carnegie3 weeks ago
    So far nothing good here. 20 min walk from domestic terminal, then one hour to get through immigration and security. Domestic arrival and transfer was fine coming in.
  • Ram R.
    Ram RajasekaranJanuary 12, 2014
    This airport is run by an Indian Government outfit, with very little accountability. If you are dropping someone you will be charged a hefty fee unless you exit within 5 minutes(entry->exit).
  • Mukund B.
    Mukund BalasubramanianSeptember 7, 2013
    The international terminal continues to be a mess. Some minor improvements like moving security downstairs but the new international terminal cannot come quickly enough...
  • Anand V.
    Anand VergheseMay 3, 2013
    When all airports have a fast track or an efficient system for security we don't seem to move an inch....this ain't hitech ))
  • Paras N.
    Paras NathMay 19, 2014
    Nepalese planning to come here should get Passport instead of using Citizenship Card else you are going to have a lot of trouble.
  • Woodland
    WoodlandAugust 26, 2011
    Hiking tip: On a steeper terrain, lock your back leg at the knee and pause briefly before taking your next step to reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Alifah H.
    Alifah HassanJanuary 2, 2011
    Transit accomodation available-room and toilet are clean and well maintained.friendly staff.
  • Nimesh B.
    Nimesh BhatiaMay 4, 2013
    The new airport looks pretty awesome! Offcourse the people managing are still the same! :)
  • Vibu N.
    Vibu NanthanApril 30, 2013
    The new terminal and the new overhead access roads are great addition. A much needed one.
  • Rituparna D.
    Rituparna DasFebruary 28, 2013
    Must provide assistance to passengers in case there is a long queue before the entrance...
  • Ritika A.
    Ritika AggarwalMay 11, 2013
    Signage isnt the best.. There is nothing worthwhile to eat after security.. Overall, kinda sad airport.. May be it'll b better once completely ready..
  • Prem K.
    Prem K.ViswanathNovember 6, 2014
    Make sure you don't come hungry! The food here is nonexistent!
  • Sabharinath B.
    Sabharinath BalaDecember 24, 2012
    Are there no cleaning staff at the airport??? The check in area is a total mess with a lot of rubbish, spilled coffee, crushed coffee cups and what not. Travelers please help to keep the place clean
  • Dean
    DeanNovember 6, 2011
    DO NOT come early - I was on an in transit connection w/6hrs between - there is SQUAT for setaing or things to do before check in - very limited services - everything is AFTER security/immigration.
  • Amresh C.
    "Someone please work on the WI-FI issue" that's what my inner voice screamed. Other than that 👌
  • Arun K.
    Arun KumaranJanuary 26, 2011
    Make sure you are early for a domestic flight. The security check always takes a long time.
  • Sonik P.
    Sonik PorwalJuly 18, 2013
    Airline staff shout departure details in a maddeningly high pitched noise. Irritating because they keep at it relentlessly.
  • Kalpita S.
    Kalpita SharmaAugust 24, 2010
    Free wifi is available, just takes a while to get your login details & to finally login.
  • Karthik H.
    Do your security check upstairs, less crowded and hassle free.
  • Woodland
    WoodlandJuly 5, 2011
    Enquiring about the transport patterns of cities before hand is really beneficial. #traveltip
  • Sandeep M.
    Sandeep MookharjeaFebruary 13, 2015
    The travel lounge close to gate 16 offers unlimited free alcohol if you have the priority pass.
  • Sandeep M.
    Sandeep MookharjeaFebruary 13, 2015
    The priority lounge close to gate 16 serves free liquor if you have the right pass.
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