The airport last saw scheduled commercial operations in the '80s, when Vayudoot operated services to Patna, Kolkata and Ranchi until 1987. Since then, the airport is only used by small aircraft and helicopters. The then chief minister of Jharkhand Shibu Soren inaugurated a new passenger waiting hall in October 2008.
The State's Civil Aviation department invited proposals in July 2011 for operation of the airport based on Public-private partnership (PPP) model wherein the infrastructure would be provided by the State Government while the private company would be allowed to start chartered flights in addition to taking responsibility of day-to-day maintenance of the airport for a tenure of ten years. The private entity would be expected to construct administrative buildings, air traffic control and hangars.