Chennai Airport Guide to Chennai International Airport (MAA)

Chennai International Airport Terminal 1

Chennai International Airport Terminal 1 is the domestic terminal at Chennai Airport, also known as Kamaraj Terminal, which used to be the single passenger terminal before 1988 when the International “Anna” Terminal was opened.

Please note that both the domestic Terminal 1 and the international Terminal 3 are located within the same terminal complex.

At Chennai Airport Terminal 1 over 20 destinations within India are served.

In 2012 renovation and expanding works were done, which consisted mainly in the construction of a new domestic terminal and the renewal of the existing international terminal, among other works.


About the name

Chennai International Airport Terminal 1 is named after the former Chief Minister K. Kamaraj, which was originally from Tamil Nadu state. 


Hajj Terminal

During Hajj season there is a special terminal available to host 600 pilgrims. 



Due to the renovation works done in both terminals, there were reported almost 50 incidents related to the poor quality of the materials and the improper design. Some of the incidents comprises ceiling collapses, glass door and window breakages.



Chennai International Airport Terminal complex has 48 check-in counters in total. The boarding gates are distributed in two levels: Six are in the ground level and three in the first level.

Chennai Airport Terminal 1 levels are distributed into the following way:

- Ground level: Arrivals

- First level

- Second level

- Third level: Departures


Flight status

The following airlines operate Chennai Terminal 1:

- Air India
- Indigo
- Jet Airways
- Jetlite
- Kingfisher
- Spicejet

See the flight status in Chennai Airport Terminal 1


Chennai International Airport Terminal offers to passengers the services presented below: 

- Information Counter
- Conference rooms
- Duty free shops
- Tourist and Railway Information Counters
- Currency exchange
- Security check
- ATMs
- Child care room
- Lost & found
- Disabled services
- Medical and health scan facilities
- Vending machines
- Luggage carts
- Rest rooms
- Prayer rooms
- Special ADA assistance
- Free Wi-Fi connection
- Smoking areas
- Telephone

See more services at Chennai International Airport


Airport lounges

The following lounges are located within Chennai Airport Domestic Terminal:

- Alcohol-free domestic lounge

- Travel Club: Location: Domestic Departures, third floor

- Travel Club (Gate 5): Location: Opposite Gate 5, third floor, airside


Services provided in the lounges: Drink and food, Wi-Fi free connection, press, TVs and flight information.

Book your stay at any of the available lounges at Chennai Airport Terminal