Lifting the Passenger Experiencenull

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. 

Phase 1A of 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 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
 Details coming soon