Because there are few flights that serve the city of Groningen, the airport is mostly used for charter flights to tourist tujan in Greece, Portugal, Spain and Turkey. In 2008, this airport handles passengers 190.034. The airport is a base for KLM Flight Academy, the Netherlands Aviation Academy (DFA), Noord Nederlandse Aero Club (NNAC) and Stella Aviation.
The airport was officially opened on May 23, 1931 by Gerard Legro mayor mayor in January. Legro announced at the opening that this airport will grow to the airport for the entire northern region. At its opening exhibition held air with 40.000 visitors.