Airport Business

DSM serves as an economic engine for the region and for the State of Iowa. The Airport is also a thriving business on its own with several tenants, business units, and projects being implemented across the 2,600 acre airport campus. 


Read below for information on business opportunities at the airport including advertising, air cargo operations, charter operations, T-Hangar leases, and more.  


All advertising at the Des Moines International Airport is managed by Departure Media. For commercial airport advertising inquiries, please contact:

Nina Himes, Sales Manager, Departure Media 

Office:  843-425-4024


Air Cargo Operations

Ranked in the top 50 airports for air cargo tonnage in the United States, Des Moines International Airport has over 1 million square feet of cargo aircraft parking with expansion opportunities. The airport cargo area also includes more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space. 

Current air cargo vendors include FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS). Ground handling services are provided by the individual airlines and air cargo carriers. Each has the experience and equipment to handle a variety of aircraft equipment and freight. 


6233 SW 28th St.

Des Moines, IA 50321

(800) 463-3339 or (800) 238-5355

United Parcel Service (UPS)

2601 Willow Creek Ave.  

Des Moines, IA 50321

(800) 742-5877


For more information or to inquire about adding air cargo at DSM, contact the Airport Authority at (515) 256-5100.  

Air Service Incentive Program

Des Moines International Airport is proud to offer an incentive program to existing and prospective airlines to improve air service to and from Iowa.  

DSM offers marketing funds as well as landing and apron fee waivers following FAA guidelines.  Learn more here

Contact Brian Mulcahy, Assistant Executive Director, for specifics on qualifying for airline incentives.

Charter Operations

Public charter flights are processed through the Des Moines International Airport terminal to offer the conveniences of concessions, restrooms, and parking.  

Ground Handlers: Charter airlines are welcome to turn their own flights using DSM's Common Use network, or contract with one of the on-site ground handling companies.  A $600 per turn fee is charged by the Airport Authority, in addition to the turn fees of the ground handler. 

  • G2 Aviation Staffing and Security · David Ruzicka · (515) 256-5783
  • Unifiservice · Dustin Power · (515) 256-5227 


Fixed Base Operators: Private charter flights can be turned at the terminal like a public charter, or handled through an FBO.  There is no turn fee for a flight handled through the FBO, but Landing Fees will apply.  See Des Moines International Airport's Rates and Charges for more information. 

  • Elliott Aviation · Jason Marshall · (515) 258-6551
  • Signature Flight Support · Sean Kuhl · (515) 256-5330


For more information about flight charters contact the Airport Operations & Security Manager at (515) 256-5010. 

Development Opportunities

The Des Moines Airport Authority has nine areas which have been identified for future airside and landside business development to foster economic growth for the airport and region.  The airport serves as an economic engine by enhancing economic indicators that contribute to the regions growth by increasing area jobs, annual payrolls, and annual economic output.  Review the development plan to understand the available development sites and options at the Airport.

Des Moines International Airport Development Plan

Space for Lease

DSM leases space throughout the terminal and buildings on the airport campus.

To inquire about leasing hangar, concession, or office space at the airport contact Amy Fredricks at (515) 256-5006.

View the DSM T-Hangar Map here

Learn about Des Moines Airport Authority Minimum Standards

For Des Moines Airport Authority Board approved rates and charges, click here.  To review the Independent Registered Municipal Advisor letter click here.  For additional inquiries, call Airport Administration at (515) 256-5100.