Opened in 1937 on the farm named Wonderboom, the airstrip was originally for civilian use, but during World War 2 it was taken over by the Department of Defence and utilised for military aviation training.
The airport has undergone numerous upgrades and renovations. 1965 saw its runway extended and a new terminal building built. The runway was extended again in 1993 and extensive renovations took place from 2007 to make the airport suitable for passenger flights.
Since 2000 the airport was been under the control of the Tshwane Metro.
Wonderboom Airport is currently used by many local parachuting clubs for training and practise, and it is also a favoured location for many flying schools. Limited parking, AVIS car hire, local tourism information and a restaurant and hotel can be found in and around the airport.
Although being somewhat more expensive, flights to Wonderboom Airport are a lot more convenient for Pretoria residents than flights to OR Tambo International Airport.