The airport was established in 1957 with the assistance of the United States.
In 2008, a large project commenced to rehabilitate the current airport as well as to create an industrial and agricultural park. The overall budget of this project was US$52 million donated by USAID.
On 4 June 2009, the new runway and terminal were inaugurated by a delegation of high government officials and the ambassadors of the US and the UK. The new asphalt runway is 2,300m long and 43m wide which makes it the third longest runway in Afghanistan.
The airport resides at an elevation of 2,540 feet (774 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 01/19 with an asphalt surface measuring 7,549 by 100 feet (2,301 m × 30 m). The runway previously had a gravel surface measuring 6,233 by 150 feet (1,900 m × 46 m).