Chennai International Airport (IATA: MAA, ICAO: VOMM) (, formerly known as Madras International Airport is located in Tirusulam, 7 km (4.3 mi) south of Chennai (Madras), India. For the period of Apr–Nov 2010, it was the third busiest airport in terms of international and overall passenger traffic. It is located along Meenambakkam and Tirusulam with passenger entry at Tirusulam and cargo entry at Meenambakkam. The International terminal is named after Former Late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Annadurai. The domestic terminal is named after another former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kamaraj. It was built on land donated by former governor of Madras Presidency, L. Sriramulu Naidu. Madras (Chennai) had one of the first airports in India, and was the final destination of Air India's first flight from Bombay (Mumbai) via Belgaum in 1954. The first passenger terminal was built at the northeast side of the airfield, which lies in the suburb of Meenambakkam due to which it was referred to as Meenambakkam Airport. A new terminal complex was subsequently built at Tirusulam, further south near Pallavaram to which, passenger operations were shifted.

As the winner of an invited international design competition for the new domestic and international terminals at the Chennai Airport; Schwartz Architects teamed with Gensler USA and the Creative Group in India are currently in the construction document phase for over 150,000 m2 of new construction plus two 1,200 car parking garages and the airports roads and infrastructure.

The new terminals are elegant and modern structures with dramatic, hovering wing-like roof. The super-efficient organization of security and circulation form the basis of an innovative plan that is centered on two lush sustainable gardens. Unlike any other airport in the world, these gardens are visible throughout the terminals creating a unique dialogue between interior and exterior spaces. The building and courtyard concept stems from a fully integrated approach to sustainable planning and design. The symbiotic relationship between the terminal’s visionary form and the courtyard landscape, delivers an enriching and beautiful experience for passengers, visitors and employees. The building’s steel structure rises with a curved roof to form a light and open, column-free terminal with expansive glass curtain walls that create a feeling of spaciousness. Skylights follow the geometry of the trusses, further opening the structural framework to allow natural light to permeate the terminals.


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