Capital Clicks

Des Moines airport traffic down 96% in April, 33% for year

By: - May 12, 2020 3:48 pm

The Des Moines airport could delay a new terminal for 15 years. (Photo by Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Des Moines International Airport’s passenger traffic is down by a third for the year amid reduced travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Traffic was down 95.5% in April compared with the same month a year ago. Just 10,767 passengers flew, and no charters were booked. Leading the losses were United, down 98%, and Frontier and Delta, both down 97%.

For the year, traffic is down 33.4%. Many travelers got their spring break trips in before the COVID-19 outbreak sent most home for safety reasons.

While passenger traffic is down, for the year cargo shipments are up 1.5%.

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