Lifting DSM - The Terminal Projectnull

The Des Moines Airport Authority is committed to growing alongside the community to meet evolving travel needs.  

As the Central Iowa region has grown, so has the number of residents opting to fly for business and pleasure.  With nearly 3 million passengers passing through the terminal each year, DSM surpasses acceptable adequacy levels of vital operating facilities.  Wait times are growing longer, and aircraft gates are full, potentially limiting the ability to grow air service in the Des Moines market.  New and existing routes aid in the community’s ability to attract businesses and talent to Central Iowa.  Connectivity is a vital piece of the economic development engine. 

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.  Authority leadership is working to secure funding to turn terminal development plans into a reality.  

The New Terminal

The new terminal will lift the overall travel journey the moment the traveler enters the airport campus.  With efficiency, safety, and sustainability in mind, the new terminal will feature expanded central security screening checkpoints with eight screening lanes to process passengers more quickly and efficiently.  Five aircraft gates, in addition to existing gates on Concourse A and Concourse C, will be added in addition to parking positions that will be added to enhance opportunities for air service growth to benefit the quality of life in the region and state.  The new facility will boost an updated and more efficient baggage handling system for both inbound and outbound baggage.  The new terminal will  include upgraded technologies and infrastructure, improved sustainability and green technology, and elevated dining and retail options.  The new look will feature natural light and compelling airfield views. 

Finished Lift Terminal Project to Feature Expanded Capabilities

Upon opening, the new Des Moines International Airport terminal will feature:

  • Expanded central security screening checkpoints with eight screening lanes.
  • Fifteen aircraft gates and additional remote parking positions enhancing opportunities for air service (new routes, new airlines, increased flight frequencies).
  • Updated and more efficient baggage handling systems.
  • Upgraded technologies and infrastructure.
  • Improved sustainability and green technology.
  • Elevated dining and retail options.
  • A new look featuring natural light and compelling airfield views.

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Lift DSM:  Terminal Projects

 Terminal Design

The Terminal Program Manual was updated in April 2022, and design is now currently underway for the new terminal building.  The new terminal will sit directly north of the existing terminal and adjacent to Runway 23.  Planning and cost considerations indicate the need to utilize the existing concourses while enhancing the passenger experience throughout the parking, check-in, and boarding processes.

Benefits to Travelers: Designing a terminal to accommodate the current and future travel demand and  infrastructure to support updated technologies will lift the passenger experience on day one of opening the new facility.  The new terminal will provide streamlined security processing, elevated concessions and dining experiences, larger and more flexible holdrooms, enhanced gate operations to accommodate air service growth, improved baggage handling systems, sustainability and more efficient operations. 

Estimated Timeline:  Design began in 2022; 30% of the design, including renderings of the new facility, will be completed by June 2023, with full design expected by April 2024. 

Project Partners: HNTB was selected to design the 289,312 square foot terminal in conjunction with Anser Advisory and Weitz/Turner joint venture.  

*New terminal rendering coming soon