Memorial to the first flight to land at Gjakova Airfield on 23 September 1999, an Italian Airforce G 222
The airfield was built by the Kosovo Force (KFOR) following the 1999 Kosovo War next to an existing airfield used for agricultural purposes, and was used mainly for military and humanitarian flights.
On 18 December 2013, the airport was handed over to the Government of Kosovo from Italian Air Force. Under Italian Air Force operations, Gjakova Airfield handled more than 27,000 aircraft, 220,000 passengers and the carriage of more than 40,000 tons of cargo.
Kosovo Government plans to offer Gjakova Airfield for operation under a public-private partnership with the aim of turning it into a civilian airport.