The airport was built by developer William E. Richardson in 1960. Richardson deeded title to the land to Montgomery County, which leased the land back to Richardson to operate the airport. Richardson planned to operate charter flights and an air taxi to National Airport, Baltimore's Friendship Airport, and the soon-to-be-opened Dulles Airport. The airport was dedicated on October 22, 1960. After having a simple hangar during its first four years of operation, a terminal building was built in 1964.