The airport was originally a military facility with an 800-metre (2,625 ft) airstrip. The airstrip was extended to 1,350 metres (4,429 ft) before being opened to regular civilian flights on April 19, 1971. During the years 1984 and 1984 the airstrip was gradually extended to its current length. In 1989 the airstrip was broadened to 45 metres (148 ft).
During summer there is a bus service from the airport to downtown Gällivare. There is a taxi stand at the airport and a taxi cost approx. 400 SEK. There are short-term and long-term parking lots at the airport.