The airport was built with private funding in 1975. In 1983, the city of Mesquite purchased the airport using grant money from the FAA. In 1992, the runway underwent a refurbishment and was lengthened by 1,000 feet.
Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned HQZ by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.
For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2004, the airport had 100,000 general aviation aircraft operations, an average of 273 per day. At that time there were 212 aircraft based at this airport: 87% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 2% helicopter and 1% jet.
In 2013 the airport added an 80 ft (24 m) air traffic control tower at a cost of US $2.8 million. It is permanently staffed by FAA contractual air traffic controllers.