Memorial Day travel won’t match 2019 levels, but it’s ‘on the rebound’

BY: - May 28, 2021

More Americans are packing their bags for Memorial Day weekend than they did last year, but pre-pandemic summer travel hasn’t returned just yet. Both air and land travel remain depressed below pre-pandemic levels nationally, but show sharp upticks as vaccination efforts continue and updated Centers for Disease Control guidance allows vaccinated people to travel without […]

Airport lobbyist: Federal help for Des Moines’ cash-short terminal project will have to wait

BY: - September 17, 2020

The most critical piece of Des Moines International Airport’s remaining funding for a new terminal will have to wait until the new Congress is sworn in and the coronavirus pandemic subsides, a national airport industry lobbyist told the Greater Des Moines Partnership Thursday.  “All of it is going to be in the new Congress,” said […]


Airlines got travelers comfortable about flying again once before – but 9/11 and a virus are a lot different

BY: - July 15, 2020

The U.S. airline industry has generally faced two obstacles in enticing more people to fly: fear and fares. Before the novel coronavirus, few feared flying thanks to the extreme rarity of airline crashes in the U.S., and domestic inflation-adjusted fares that were about the lowest ever. As a result, a record 811 million people flew […]

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

BY: - May 12, 2020

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 […]

Des Moines airport traffic drops 95%, new terminal could be delayed

BY: - April 14, 2020

Passenger traffic at Des Moines’ airport has fallen 95% this month, a COVID-induced free fall that already has shelved some projects and may delay construction of a proposed new terminal. Cash reserves and the federal CARES Act money will soften the blow, said Kevin Foley, executive director and general manager of the Des Moines airport. […]