All of the airport's technical infrastructure, runway and buildings are what was left of the former Soviet military air base. The base was completely abandoned in 1993. Since 2005 the city council has sought to promote plans to redevelop it, however these have not been able to obtain funding.
In 2005 Daugavpils City Council founded "Daugavpils lidosta" SIA (Daugavpils Airport Ltd.) to seek to develop the former military air base into Daugavpils International Airport. They planned to build by 2015 an international and regional airport in Daugavpils suitable for large-scale airplanes which will allow for both international and domestic passenger traffic, international and domestic cargo transport and charter flights. They had the intention to build a runway of 2500m in length and 46m in width. They also hoped the building of an international regional airport would lead to the further development of other activities in the area based on servicing the airport and its customers.