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Des Moines International Airport


Des Moines International Airport (IATA code: DSM) is located near Des Moines, in Polk County, Iowa.

The airport offers connections to 21 major airline hubs.

American Airlines handles about 30% of DSM's passengers, followed by Delta Air Lines (about 23%). The airport is also home to a maintenance base for Endeavor Air.



The airport is located three miles southwest of Des Moines, in Polk County, Iowa, USA.



Facilities Include:


Dining and Shopping: Both pre and post security, assengers can enjoy a variety of healthy grab-and-go meals and snacks, including salads and deli sandwiches, as well as sit-down options and coffee shops. For 24hr snacks, vending machines are available. For shopping, there is a Hudson News outlet, posts-security, selling gifts, a tech stand and a sunglasses stand. 

ATMs: ATMs are available and located in the terminal and concourse areas.

Nursing Facilities: A Mamava Nursing Pod provides a private space for nursing moms. It is located just after the TSA Security Checkpoint.

Service Animal Relief Area: There is an area for service animals to relieve themselves, which can be found outside of the main terminal building, by the parking garage. 

Wi-Fi: 60 minutes of complimentary WiFi is provided through Boingo Wireless.

Business Centre: Workstations with internet access can be found on Concourse level A2.

USB charging: There are regular mobile and USB charging ports available, both landside and airside.

Postal Services: The airport has a mail drop-box, located Landside, near the airport entrance. 

TSA PreCheck: TSA PreCheck is available at DSM. Find out more here


Lounges Include:

No Lounges are currently available. 



The airport has two runways: 5/23 is 9,003 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m); 13/31 is 9,002 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m).



The main terminal building at Des Moines International Airport is comprised of two levels. The lower level features the ticket counters and baggage area, while the upper level leads to two concourses: Concourse A and Concourse C.

Concourse A: Concourse A has gates A1-A5 and is used by Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express.

Concourse C: Concourse C has gates C1-C7 and is used by American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, and Frontier Airlines.

Airlines that fly to Des Moines International Airport



Airline Destinations
Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix–Mesa, Punta Gorda (FL), St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Los Angeles, Sarasota
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix-Sky Harbor
American Eagle Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Delta Connection Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia, Salt Lake City
Frontier Airlines Denver
Seasonal: Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Southwest Airlines Las Vegas, St. Louis
Seasonal: Phoenix–Sky Harbor
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental

Top Destinations



Rank Destination Passengers Airlines
1 Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois 219,540 American, United
2 Denver, Colorado 157,730 Frontier, United
3 Atlanta, Georgia 126,900 Delta
4 Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas 121,450 American
5 Phoenix, Arizona 114,270 American, Frontier, Southwest

How to get to Des Moines International Airport


By Taxi and Shuttle

Taxis can be picked up from the ground transportation area and are available 24 hours. All taxis are metered. Executive Express, which is a local shared-ride shuttle service, has a service counter in the airport, which can be found near the rental car counters at the north end of the baggage claim area. Many of the local hotels also provide a free airport transportation service to guests.

By Bus

Des Moines Area Regional Transit operates a local bus, number 8, between the airport and city centre. The journey takes 20 minutes and the fare is $1.75.

Car Hire

Car hire companies have desks located in the baggage claim area. Companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.


There are multi-storey short and long term car parks located opposite the terminal building. There is also an economy car park near the terminal, with a 24 hour shuttle bus which connecting it to the airport.

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