Microstructural development, post-weld ageing response and mechanical properties of gas tungsten arc and CO 2 laser welded Al-6 %Cu (AA2219) alloy were investigated in the present study. The fusion zone of laser weld consists of three parts: the fine grains in the middle part, the columnar zone and equiaxed zone adjacent to fusion boundary. In contrast, fusion zone of gas tungsten arc weld consists of two parts: the columnar zone in the middle part and the equiaxed zone adjacent to fusion boundary. The size of the equiaxed grains in the fusion zone was the least in the laser welds when compared to gas tungsten arc welds. Laser welds have exhibited higher hardness, post weld ageing response, yield strength, ductility and fatigue strength when compared with gas tungsten arc welds. Fine equiaxed grain morphology and discontinues eutectic distribution in the laser weld fusion zone could be attributed to the improved tensile and fatigue properties of laser welded samples. ‘Thermal pinning effect’, due to non isothermal conditions, has arrested grain growth in heat affected zone in spite of temperatures close to the melting point of aluminum in heat affected zone.