Des Moines International Airport

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Des Moines International Airport
DSMairportlogo.jpg
IATA: DSMICAO: KDSMFAA LID: DSM
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner City of Des Moines
Operator Des Moines Airport Authority
Serves Des Moines, Iowa
Elevation AMSL 958 ft / 292 m
Coordinates 41°32′02″N 093°39′47″W / 41.53389°N 93.66306°W / 41.53389; -93.66306Coordinates: 41°32′02″N 093°39′47″W / 41.53389°N 93.66306°W / 41.53389; -93.66306
Website www.DSMairport.com
Maps
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
DSM is located in Iowa
DSM
DSM
Location of airport in Iowa
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
5/23 9,003 2,744 Asphalt/Concrete
13/31 9,002 2,744 Asphalt
Statistics (2012)
Aircraft operations 85,712
Based aircraft 135
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Des Moines International Airport (IATA: DSMICAO: KDSMFAA LID: DSM) is a civil-military public airport three miles southwest of Des Moines, in Polk County, Iowa. It has 19 connections to major airline hubs.

This airport is in in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport.[2] In 2012, the airport had 1,038,484 enplanements.[3]

The airport hosts the Des Moines Air National Guard Base and 132d Fighter Wing (132 FW) of the Iowa Air National Guard.

History[edit]

The drop off area of the airport

During the 1920s the Des Moines area had several small private airports for general aviation and airmail. In 1929, the Iowa General Assembly passed a law allowing cities to sell bonds and levy assessments in order to build municipal airports. Over 80 sites were considered for the Des Moines Airport until a decision was made to build on 160 acres (0.65 km²) of farmland south of the city. Construction of the airport began in 1932 and was completed in 1933. The airport's first passenger terminal was built shortly after the airport was completed. It was replaced by a new terminal in 1950 that has been expanded and renovated several times since then. The present concourses were built in 1970, along with the remodeling of the terminal.[4] The airport itself has expanded several times from its original 160-acre (0.65 km2) site and now covers 2,300 acres (9.3 km²) of land.

The airport was originally governed by the City of Des Moines' Parks Department. A separate Aviation Department was established by the city during the 1960s, and in 1982, a separate Aviation Policy Advisory Board was established. The airport was renamed the Des Moines International Airport in 1986 to acknowledge the presence of a United States Customs Service office at the airport.

In 2011, the City of Des Moines transferred control from the city to the Des Moines Airport Authority. The city retains ownership of the land but transfers title to all property and equipment to the public authority. In turn, the authority agreed to a 99-year lease on the land.[5]

In 2012, the airport had 1,038,484 enplanements[3] Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 919,990 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008,[6] 853,596 in 2009[7] and 932,828 in 2011.[8]

Expansion[edit]

Interior renovation work began in 2009 on the airport and concluded in 2010. The project, designed by Brooks Borg Skiles AE LLP,[9] includes new carpets, paint, gate counters, seating, a new ceiling, signage, and a fire sprinkler system. Also included in the upgrade is a common-use project allowing any airline to use any gate at the airport. A new restroom is also being added to the C concourse to allow for future concourse expansion. The airport is modernizing baggage handling capabilities with expanded processing facilities as well.

In addition to work inside the passenger terminal, the airport is building a rental car facility and new parking facilities. It is also planning a new 5,000-foot runway (to be extended to 9,000 feet (2,700 m) in a later phase), and a new GA apron. The new GA apron is partially in response to the failure of a reliever proposal in Adel, Iowa and restricted space in the current GA area.

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Aerial view of Des Moines International Airport, 2012

Des Moines International Airport covers 2,625 acres (1,062 ha) at an elevation of 958 feet (292 m) above mean sea level. It has two runways: 5/23 is 9,003 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete surface; 13/31 is 9,002 by 150 feet (2,744 x 46 m) asphalt.[1]

In 2010 the airport had 83,744 aircraft operations, an average of 229 per day: 56% scheduled commercial, 39% general aviation, and 5% military. 125 aircraft were then based at this airport: 45% single-engine, 22% multi-engine, 18% jet, 1% helicopter, and 14% military.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Delta Air Lines A320 parked at gate C1
A United Airlines A320 parked at gate A4

As of March 2014, Delta Air Lines handled (24%) of DSM passengers, followed by United Airlines (21%), American Airlines (15%), US Airways (14%), Southwest Airlines (11%), Allegiant Airlines (11%), and Frontier Airlines (3%).[10]

The Des Moines Terminal has 2 concourses; concourse A with gates A1-A5(A-E), and concourse C, with gates C1-C7.

Passenger airlines:

Airlines Destinations Concourse
Allegiant Air Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles
A
American Airlines Dallas/Fort Worth C
American Eagle Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth C
Delta Air Lines Atlanta
Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
C
Delta Connection Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia
Seasonal: Salt Lake City (begins December 20, 2014)[11]
C
Frontier Airlines Denver C
Southwest Airlines Chicago–Midway, Las Vegas A
United Airlines Chicago–O'Hare, Denver A
United Express Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark A
US Airways Charlotte, Phoenix C
US Airways Express Charlotte, Washington–National C

Statistics[edit]

Top 10 domestic destinations (July 2013 – June 2014)[12]
Rank Airport Passengers Carriers
1 Chicago, Illinois (O'Hare) 193,000 American, United
2 Denver, Colorado 156,000 Frontier, United
3 Dallas, Texas 113,000 American
4 Atlanta, Georgia 98,000 Delta
5 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota 96,000 Delta
6 Phoenix, Arizona 69,000 US Airways
7 Chicago, Illinois (Midway) 66,000 Southwest
8 Las Vegas, Nevada 64,000 Allegiant, Southwest
9 Detroit, Michigan 54,000 Delta
9 Charlotte, North Carolina 54,000 US Airways

Cargo[edit]

DSM Cargo Apron
Airlines Destinations
AirNet Express Denver-Centennial, DuPage, Omaha, Rochester (MN)
FedEx Express Memphis, Madison, Cedar Rapids
Flight Express Waterloo, St. Louis-Cahokia, Fort Dodge, Kansas City
UPS Airlines Burbank, Cedar Rapids, Newark, Spokane, Sacramento, Portland (OR), Philadelphia,Louisville, Chicago-Rockford
Seasonal: Hartford/Springfield

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On December 2, 1978, Douglas C-47A N41447 of SMB Stage Line crashed short of the runway while on a cargo flight from Chicago, Illinois.[13] Airframe icing was a factor in the accident.[14]

On December 1, 2007, a United Express plane carrying 44 passengers slid off a taxiway while taxiing to the runway for takeoff. No one was injured, but the airport was closed for seven hours after the incident because of the winter storm moving through the area.[citation needed]

On March 13, 2008, an Atlanta-bound ASA (Delta 4704) flight was delayed more than five hours when a mouse was discovered shortly before take-off from DSM. Officials delayed the flight to inspect the plane for any damage that the mouse may have caused. Maintenance crews checked wiring and components on the aircraft. The flight took off at 11:39am.[15]

On December 18, 2010, a small red Beechcraft Bonanza crashed while performing an emergency landing at DSM. The Airport Director stated that the small craft had engine problems and turned around for the airport. The aircraft eventually lost the engine and pilot was able to glide to the end of the runway. The aircraft clipped the end of the runway fence with its landing gear, making the nose of the craft dip into the snow. Police and emergency reported only minor injuries.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c FAA Airport Master Record for DSM (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
  2. ^ "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b http://dsmairport.com/assets/588/12Dec2012.pdf
  4. ^ Lamberto, Nick (August 25, 1970). "'Cattle Chutes' to Be Used Longer-Airport Work Lag". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Pulliam, Jason. "Airport Authority Approved by City Council". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). CY 2008 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). CY 2010 Passenger Boarding and All-Cargo Data. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.faa.gov/airports/planning_capacity/passenger_allcargo_stats/passenger/media/PrelimCY12CommercialServiceEnplanements.pdf
  9. ^ Brooks Borg Skiles AE LLP – Des Moines Airport
  10. ^ http://www.dsmairport.com/webres/File/03Mar2014(1).pdf
  11. ^ "DELTA Adds Salt Lake City – Des Moines Holidays Service Dec 2014 / Jan 2015". Airline Route. Airline Route. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Des Moines, IA: Des Moines International (DSM)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012. 
  13. ^ "N41447 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ "NTSB Identification: MKC79FA007". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Mouse can't hold back jet". desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved March 18, 2008. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Plane Crashes at Des Moines Airport". Retrieved August 22, 2011. 

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