In 2012, the airport served 426,420 passengers. Bloemfontein airport, like many others in South Africa, underwent R46 million's worth of construction and upgrading of the whole airport in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
In November 2012, the South African government announced that the airport's name was to be changed to Bram Fischer International Airport; the official renaming was performed by Pres. Jacob Zuma on Thursday, 13 December 2012.
South African Express is the operator with the most scheduled flights to Bloemfontein. Its fleet of Q400's and CRJ200's can regularly be seen at FABL. Mango, a subsidiary of South African Airways, operates one daily flight to Cape Town. Its services to Durban and Johannesburg were discontinued after no profit was made.