Sitting some seven kilometres from the heart of Chennai, the international airport boasts some brand new and recently new facilities and features that have turned it into one of India’s most respected airports. There are two terminals operating at the airport, with the Anna Terminal serving international departures and arrivals, while the Kamaraj Terminal caters for domestic travellers.
Getting to the airport has become even easier now too, and visitors will find a magnificent Chennai Airport hotel within the site. This enables visitors to stay at the airport more conveniently if flights are delayed.
Altogether, there are now more than 10 million passengers departing and arriving into Chennai International Airport each year. In addition to this, over 100,000 aircraft movements occur, meaning the runways and exterior facilities of the airport are put to the test year in year out.
In saying this, the interior facilities of the terminals at Chennai International Airport are second to none. There are so many different things visitors can do to escape boredom while waiting within the walls of the international airport of Chennai.
Spa Facility – for most travellers, flying from one airport to the next is a tiresome and very physically demanding activity. So, why not take some time out to relax a little with the various massage and spa treatment opportunities at Chennai Airport. Visitors can find the spa facility inside the security area of the airport. While waiting for departure, it is easy to find the spa treatment shop and get taken away from the hustle and bustle of the terminal for several hours. In addition to the spa shop, visitors can enjoy an hour or less in a massage chair that is sporadically positioned across the terminal.
Restaurants – there is no better way to watch the hours pass at the airport than by sitting at one of the many restaurants and enjoying a favourite meal. In addition to Asian food, there are lots of European and Western cuisine menus available. If visitors are keen on a snack, or maybe just a coffee, several cafes call the airport home, and many of the restaurants provide snack options as well.
Duty Free Shopping – take a stroll through the airport and visitors will no doubt stumble across the many shops at Chennai International Airport. There are a number of different products for sale at the airport, including clothing, accessories, souvenirs, books, and more. Whether patrons actually want to buy something or not, visiting the duty free stores is always a good way to pass the time. There is a range of goods and shoppers are more than likely to find something that catches their attention than not.
Broadband & Wireless Internet – the internet is available in both broadband and wireless forms, so visitors with or without a laptop are able to jump onto the internet in the terminal. Play internet games, email friends, chat, or complete some work while waiting for departure.
Child Care – are the children getting too much to handle? Sometimes waiting at the airport can take several hours, which is almost impossible for young children. So, sending them to the child care centre in the terminal is a great way to keep them happy, while giving parents a break also. The fees are very reasonable, and parents can opt for several hours.
Lounges – there are a number of airline lounges located in the terminal. These areas of solitude are perfect for passing the time in the terminal, as they offer comfortable seating, food, drinks, internet and business services, and other forms of entertainment. The executive lounge is separate from airline lounges, and is designed to make business travellers as comfortable as possible.
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