Des Moines International Airport

DSM airport’s passenger traffic rebounds significantly

BY: - July 13, 2021

Des Moines International Airport has seen its passenger traffic recover from 5% of pre-pandemic levels early last year to 85% now.  The surge is primarily due to vacation travel, airport Executive Director Kevin Foley told the airport board Tuesday. Business travel is expected to take as much as five years to recover.  Recreational traffic has […]

Allegiant’s DSM base opens Thursday, four nonstop flights added

BY: - June 30, 2021

Allegiant Airlines will open its long-delayed, $50 million Des Moines base on Thursday. The discount carrier now will offer the most nonstop destinations among airlines serving Des Moines International Airport (DSM), airport spokeswoman Kayla Kovarna said.  Allegiant is immediately adding nonstop flights to Houston, Portland and San Diego. This week, the airline announced it will […]

Partnership eyes action on airport terminal, water trails

BY: - June 29, 2021

The Greater Des Moines Partnership will push for added funding for a new Des Moines airport terminal and water trails in the area. The organization, the largest chamber group in Central Iowa, also included immigration reform, infrastructure spending and small business support among its top five federal priorities for this year. “We look forward to […]

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 […]

Famed artist’s sculpture will greet motorists at Des Moines airport

BY: - January 19, 2021

A Des Moines foundation has firmed up plans for an $850,000 sculpture, roughly resembling a tornado, near a planned new entrance to the Des Moines airport. New York City-based artist Alice Aycock will create the white sculpture, “Lift Off,” which has been commissioned by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation. The plan is to […]

Iowa airports still drawing less than half the usual number of passengers

BY: - December 15, 2020

After years of setting records for traffic, the Des Moines airport is likely to end the year with less than half the usual number of passengers due to COVID-19.  Even that is an improvement from April, when the airport’s passenger totals were down 95%.  The November traffic report showed the airport had recorded 1,192,056 passengers […]

Des Moines airport traffic still running 40% of ’19 levels

BY: - October 2, 2020

The Des Moines airport’s passenger traffic is steady at 40% of 2019’s record levels as business traffic continues to lag, airport spokeswoman Kayla Kovarna said. “Typically our traffic drops off in August as leisure travel falls, but then comes back in September with increased business travel,” Kovarna said. “This year, that’s not the case. We […]

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 […]

D.M. airport traffic rises, but may not fully recover for five years

BY: - August 3, 2020

The Des Moines airport got a bump in traffic over the Fourth of July holiday, but is still doing about one-third of its usual business, a top official said. Because of the shortage of paying customers, the airport has been forced to siphon $6 million from savings meant to pay for a new terminal, said […]

Cedar Rapids airport to require face coverings

BY: - July 27, 2020

The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids will begin Tuesday to require passengers to wear face coverings in public areas of the airport terminal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Exceptions will be made for toddlers under the age of 2, those with conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask, and emergency personnel. Passengers may […]

D.M. airport adds bar service at Gate C5

BY: - July 16, 2020

Des Moines International Airport on Wednesday opened a remote coffee shop and bar stand at Gate C5 to save travelers time. The operation, known as C-Bar, will be an offshoot of the airport’s full-scale Portermill restaurant and bar, also on Concourse C. The stand will serve a limited food menu, coffee and alcoholic beverages in […]

D.M. airport traffic running at 50% for the year

BY: - July 14, 2020

The Des Moines International Airport’s passenger traffic is running about half of what it was a year go. And that’s an improvement. The latest statistics in a pandemic-influenced year for the airport show traffic was down 76% in June compared to June 2019, when there were no COVID-19 cases. That brought the year-to-date figure to […]