Lifting the DSM Experience 

The Des Moines Airport Authority is committed to growing alongside the community to meet unprecedented passenger growth and evolving travel needs. Lift DSM is a new construction and renovation plan to meet these needs. 

With a focus on the needs of the future, the Des Moines Airport Authority Board voted to move forward with planning and development for a new terminal. The project aims to lift the passenger experience by modernizing and streamlining the travel journey while supporting the local economy by elevating the region through air service connectivity. Authority leadership is working to secure funding to turn the Lift DSM terminal project development plans into a reality.

Lift DSM projects are interconnected; they are capital improvement projects that improve the safety and experience of passengers traveling through the Des Moines International Airport while also improving the operational efficiency of employees.  Each Lift project will aid one or more strategic areas for long-term benefits to the region and state. The strategic areas include airport experience, growth, and efficiency.


All Lift DSM capital improvement projects will yield positive outcomes that immediately improve the passenger journey.

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Lift DSM projects will aid in creating opportunities to welcome new service and business in the region. 

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The new terminal will streamline all operations while improving safety.

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Lift DSM’s new terminal will allow Des Moines International Airport to adequately serve the exponential passenger growth while supporting the overall economic health of our region and state.

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The Des Moines Airport Authority is grateful to each financial contributor who understand the economic vitality of the Des Moines International Airport and have pledged funds to assist with the construction of the new terminal building. This group of contributors will have the unique opportunity to provide input on the new terminal design so that the facility represents the varying communities in which it serves and lifts the economy and quality of life locally. 

City of Des Moines ● Polk County ● City of Ankeny ● City of West Des Moines ● City of Urbandale ●  City of Waukee ● City of Altoona ● City of Clive ● City of Johnston ● City of Indianola ● City of Norwalk ● City of Grimes ● City of Pleasant Hill ● City of Newton ● City of Bondurant ● City of Polk City ● City of Windsor Heights ● City of Mitchellville ● Warren County ● City of Alleman ● Prairie Meadows Casino & Hotel