The Airport at Chennai caters to the international tourists and is the third largest airport with a separate terminal to meet the domestic needs. Chennai Airport is currently on expansion and is being modified to meet international standards. It handles a capacity of 450+ direct international flights every week. Seven international airlines operate 28 exclusive cargo flights per week from Chennai Airport and is supported by EDI facility.. Chennai Airport has an Air Cargo complex with a capacity of handling about 1.10 lakh MT. A second internationa airport is planned near Sriperumbudur, close to the Chennai - Bangalore Highway.
Chennai's airport's is currently being upgraded in light of the booming air traffic in the Indian aviation. The modernization and expansion of the airport will be done by mid 2011.
The upgradation plan includes the construction of a new domestic terminal, expansion and renovation of the existing Anna International terminal, renovation of the existing domestic terminal, extension of the secondary runway, construction of a new parallel runway and cargo terminal, taxiways and parking bays amongst others.
With the addition of the new terminal, expansion of the international terminal and existing domestic terminal, the Chennai International Airport will be able to handle 16 million passengers/annum by 2011.
Other International Airports:
There other international airports in the state of Tamil Nadu are Tiruchirapalli and Madurai.
The domestic airports are at Coimbatore, Tuticorin and Madurai.