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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)
    Noel D.
    "... stand + house flies = Chennai International Airport.... No good restaurant, nor a good liquor..."(3 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 !!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !?!?!
  • 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
  • Darren L.
    Darren LindleyMay 2, 2011
    Use toilets ONLY in case of dire emergency as they are filthy and stink to high heaven! Duty free is pretty Spartan and one tiny food shop that sells practically nothing. A disgrace of an airport.
  • Laco V.
    Laco VencelAugust 12, 2013
    Insufficient service in Tamil style. No restaurants, food court means one buffet, no seats. Insufficient seats on gate, smoking room announcing but does not exists and as usual, everything dirty...
  • 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.
  • Matthias C.
    Matthias CarcasonaJanuary 11, 2014
    Even with the new terminal, the concept of Indian airports still makes this one of the worst airports in the world. Not being allowed to enter the terminal 3 hours before the flight is just a no-go.
  • Bharath G.
    Bharath GanapathyJuly 31, 2013
    Don't have your hopes high. A joke of sorts. Modernisation gone super bad. A disappointment for Chennai. Tax payer money down the drain. Wish they just followed the Hyderabad or Bangalore model.
  • 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 !!!!
  • 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.
  • Mohamed A.
    Mohamed AslumFebruary 17, 2011
    Currently one of the worst in india. Pickup & drop off is a big hassel. No proper traffic or crowd management. However criminals like A.Raja get VIP treatment when he arrives & departs! Incredible Ind
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Varun K.
    Varun K PMay 3, 2013
    The international terminal is a nightmare. While the new upcoming terminal looks swanky, they should better manage the interim terminal. Word of advice - try spending as little time as possible here
  • Vamsi
    VamsiDecember 10, 2012
    This airport makes African airports look swanky. It is such a disgrace for a city like Chennai. You can smell the itinerary stench all the way to the check-in counters. Disgusting!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ajay K.
    Ajay KumarDecember 6, 2013
    Be prepared to wait and fight for a cab if you are landing late in the evening. This airport refuses to improve even after all the facade these guys have put in.
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  • 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..
  • Abijit R.
    Abijit RaghunathJanuary 11, 2013
    to/from Chennai international airport, no thanks - crazy ass rules (have to fill in immigration form to stand in immigration line), looooong lines & messy.
  • 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.
  • Sandrine S.
    Sandrine SainsonJanuary 11, 2014
    Enjoy food, snacks and souvenirs prior to security check as there is barely anything after. International airport? Even bus stations are better
  • 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
  • Praveen M.
    Praveen MohanramFebruary 5, 2012
    The airport is under complete renovation with new terminals coming up. Hence the restroom is not up to the standard in the old terminal
  • Venkat J.
    Venkat JvMay 9, 2013
    Do NOT enter the departure gate unless you're absolutely sure that you don't want to come out again. The security won't let you out.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CanaguierOctober 1, 2013
    New terminal is even worse than old terminal lol. I didn't know it could be possible. It's brand new and already everything is dirty and broken.
  • 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.
  • Rohan M.
    Rohan MDecember 7, 2012
    worse than a railway station food is so damn costly a small bottle of water costs 20 bucks u better not come early cos u ll b bored to death there is nothing inside of interest to pass ur free time
  • Eric H.
    Eric HennesseyMay 20, 2014
    Worst international terminal I've seen yet. No bars, no restaurants, just a few scattered snack bars and coffee bars. Avoid if you can.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysMarch 31, 2011
    Boarding gates close 25 minutes prior to departure for our domestic flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
  • Vijay A.
    Vijay AnandAugust 30, 2014
    If you are flying a domestic Air India through the international terminal, chances are you will fly out of the old wing. This airport is a mess.
  • Dionysius A.
    Dionysius AlmeidaMarch 20, 2013
    Horrible domestic airport. The place is dirty, only a few chairs to sit and dirty restrooms..the dirtiest airport i've seen so far.
  • Herman T.
    Herman TheMarch 15, 2013
    Be careful! The guard on boarding gate won't allow you go without tag given when checkin attached and stamped on you luggage even hand carry bag
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