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Chennai is known as the gateway to South India and Chennai Airport is one of the largest international airports in the country. It was previously known as Madras International Airport, which was built as the primary aviation hub in the biggest metro of South India. Chennai airport now holds the fame of being the third busiest airport in the country in terms of passengers handled as well as number of flights handled.
The airport is a really huge facility, which spreads across a large area cover the regions like Meenambakkam, Pallavaram, and Tirusulam. The terminal entry is located at Tirusulam and cargo terminal is located at Meenambakkam. Domestic terminal of Chennai Airport is named after the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Sri. K. Kamaraj. International terminal also got the name of another former chief minister, Sri. C. N. Annadurai.
It is the first airport in the country, which is having both domestic and international terminals close to each other. Chennai Airport also serves as the regional headquarters of the AAI (Airports Authority of India) for the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry(union territory) and Lakshadweep (union territory). In last year, Chennai airport handled about 13.5 million passengers and is operating 325 flights daily.
The oldest terminal of Chennai airport is located at Meenambakkam, which is now being used for the cargo services. A new passenger terminal is built at Tirusulam, which has got international and domestic terminals separately, interconnected with a link building. There are 48 fully facilitated check-in counters as the domestic terminal with a capacity to handle 4.74 million passengers yearly. There are 45 check-in counters at the international terminal with 38 immigration counters and 18 customs counters.