Built in the 1950s basically to serve CTA, the airport originally had only a dirt runway. In the 1970s, the runway was paved with asphalt and lengthened to 3,000 meters. The airport was also equipped to handle instrument landings and an apron that is able to accommodate large cargo aircraft.
It has been certified for international cargo flights since 2000. Treatment of cargo, as well as fees for warehousing and handling, are similar to those of other Infraero freight terminals. However some discounts are applied seeking to reduce costs and streamline the clearance process, an important factor for local industries.
The passenger terminal has a capacity for 90,000/year and is served by a snack bar, taxis and public telephones.
9 July 1997: a TAM AirlinesFokker 100 registration PT-WHK operating flight 283 en route from São José dos Campos to São Paulo-Congonhas was climbing after take-off from São José dos Campos when a bomb exploded in the rear part of the passenger cabin. The uncontrolled decompression blew one passenger out of the aircraft. The aircraft made a successful emergency landing in São Paulo, despite the hole in the fuselage.