Lifting the Passenger Experience

As Iowa's largest airport, we aim to curate a travel journey that is convenient, efficient, and enjoyable.  As the number of people flying in and out of Iowa increases, the Des Moines International Airport needs a new terminal to accommodate the growth.  Lift DSM culminates with constructing a new terminal, allowing us to plan for Iowa's future by improving the travel experience with modern amenities, technologies, and wayfinding. 

The Need

The Des Moines International Airport's most recent terminal area forecast (TAF) predicts 5 million passengers will use the airport facilities by 2042.  The existing terminal building cannot adequately process that volume of passengers.  The Airport Authority has worked relentlessly to maintain a pleasant passenger experience, but the current facilities are not equipped to handle sustained growth.  Several operational priorities are measured to determine the quality of service the airport provides to meet the travel needs of Iowa.  These priority facilities include gates, ticketing, security, baggage outbound, baggage inbound, holdrooms and concessions, and restrooms. 

The new terminal will address these priority facilities ensuring we can meet the growing air travel demand for our region and remain the gateway to Iowa. The master plan includes a new terminal (Phase 1A) with the ability to expand through the implementation of two additional phases (Phase 1B and Phase 1C).  The Des Moines Airport Authority is committed to creating a passenger experience that is good for both the travelers of today and for those in the future. 


Lift DSM: Passenger Experience Projects

 Parking Garage Expansion

Garage Expansion Timelapse Video

Garage Expansion Project Overview

To meet the airport parking demands, a new parking garage is being erected with the anticipated opening date of the garage to be in February 2025.  The new parking garage will be connected to the existing garage and will boast over 1,100 parking stalls. 

Schematic design began in 2022, was completed in February 2023, and was conducted by Bolton & Menk/Walker Consultants.  The project was bid on in March 2023 and awarded in April 2023 to Weitz for construction.  The new parking garage will eventually connect to the future terminal through a pedestrian walkway.

Benefits to Travelers: The parking garage expansion project will provide much-needed covered parking.  The new garage will sit directly north of the existing garage offering close parking options to both the existing facility and the new terminal.    

Project Location: Expansion directly north of the existing parking ramp where the hourly surface lot was located. The new garage will connect to the new terminal via a skywalk. 

Construction Timeframe: Start construction spring 2023 with anticipated opening in early 2025.

Project Partners: Bolton & Menk, Walker Consultants, Fansworth, IMEG, IP Design, Terracon.

 Terminal Development

Click here for more on the progress of the Terminal.