On 24 January 2012, the Union cabinet of India approved the State Government's proposal for renaming Raipur airport after the well known Indian saint Swami Vivekananda who spent 2 years of his teenage in Raipur.
A new integrated terminal covering an area of 18,500 m2 (4.6 acres) has been constructed by a joint venture of Era Infra Engineering and KMB from Ukraine at a cost of ₹136 crore (US$21 million). It was inaugurated on 7 November 2012 by PresidentPranab Mukherjee. The new terminal has 2 aero-bridges, 20 check-in counters, 2 x-ray luggage machines, 3 security check points and 3 conveyor belts for luggage. The building is designed to handle 700 passengers including 200 international flyers at a time.
Fulfilling the long pending demand of the state to start air cargo operations, AAI has converted the old terminal building into Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT). The facility was inaugurated on 4 June 2016. Ahmedabad based GSEC Limited has bagged the contract to operate and maintain the cargo terminal for an initial period of five years.
Ranked Number 1 in overall customer satisfaction (July-Dec 2014) in Non-Metro Category. With a score of 4.75 on a scale of 5.00, the airport topped the list of 10 best non-metro airports in the country operated by Airports Authority of India (AAI).
'Best Airport of the Country in Non-Metro Category' for the year 2013 by the Union Tourism Ministry.
7 August 2015: United Airways (Bangladesh) flight UBD 585 (a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 bearing tail number S2 - AEI), flying from Dhaka to Muscat with 173 passengers on board, made an emergency landing at the airport after suffering an engine failure. All the passengers, crew, and the aircraft were reported to be safe upon landing.
15 June 2012: A Border Security Force (BSF) operated HAL Dhruv, registered VT - BSN, lost altitude during a test flight at the airport dropping from a height of 100 ft. Three occupants were injured including one of the pilots sustaining serious injuries. The chopper had incurred substantial damage in the accident.