Lifting DSM - A New Terminal null

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 from 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 and parking positions 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 also 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. 

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.


Rendering of Des Moines International Airport's new terminal
*New terminal rendering for visual understanding only; not a representation of the actual design