Des Moines International Airport
|Des Moines International Airport|
|IATA: DSM – ICAO: KDSM – FAA LID: DSM|
|Owner||City of Des Moines|
|Operator||Des Moines Airport Authority|
|Serves||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Elevation AMSL||958 ft / 292 m|
FAA airport diagram
Des Moines International Airport (IATA: DSM, ICAO: KDSM, FAA 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 the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which called it a primary commercial service airport. In 2014, a record 2.3 million passengers used the airport, up 5.4 percent from 2013.
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. 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.
In 2014, a record 2.3 million passengers used the airport, up 5.4 percent from 2013. Federal Aviation Administration records say the airport had 919,990 passenger boardings (enplanements) in calendar year 2008, 853,596 in 2009 and 932,828 in 2011.
Interior renovation work began in 2009 on the airport and concluded in 2010. The project, designed by Brooks Borg Skiles AE LLP, 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
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.
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.
The Des Moines Terminal has 2 concourses; concourse A with gates A1-A5 (used by Allegiant Air, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and United Express) and concourse C, with gates C1-C7 (used by American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, and Frontier Airlines).
Airlines and destinations
As of March 2014, American Airlines handled 29% of DSM passengers, followed by Delta Air Lines (24%), United Airlines (21%), Allegiant Air (11%), Southwest Airlines (11%) and Frontier Airlines (3%).
|Allegiant Air||Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Las Vegas, Orlando/Sanford, Phoenix/Mesa, St. Petersburg/Clearwater
Seasonal: Los Angeles
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix–Sky Harbor||C|
|American Eagle||Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington–National||C|
|Delta Air Lines||Atlanta
Seasonal: Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
|Delta Connection||Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York–LaGuardia, Salt Lake City||C|
|Frontier Airlines||Denver, Orlando-MCO (begins October 30, 2016) 
Seasonal: Phoenix-Sky Harbor (begins 6 December 2016)
|Southwest Airlines||Las Vegas, St. Louis||A|
|United Airlines||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver||A|
|United Express||Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark||A|
|Year||Passenger Statistics||Percent Change|
|1||Chicago–O'Hare, Illinois||215,000||American, United|
|2||Denver, Colorado||141,000||Frontier, United|
|3||Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas||120,000||American|
|5||Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota||102,000||Delta|
|6||Las Vegas, Nevada||82,000||Allegiant, Southwest|
|7||Phoenix, Arizona||78,000||American/US Airways|
|10||Charlotte, North Carolina||51,000||American/US Airways|
Accidents and incidents
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.
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.
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.
On 18 March 2016 a plane made an emergency landing at the airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit. The plane carried almost 200 passengers. It was traveling from Chicago to Phoenix when it made the landing.
- FAA Airport Master Record for DSM ( PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective August 25, 2011.
- "2011–2015 NPIAS Report, Appendix A" (PDF, 2.03 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2010.
- Lamberto, Nick (August 25, 1970). "'Cattle Chutes' to Be Used Longer-Airport Work Lag". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
- Pulliam, Jason. "Airport Authority Approved by City Council". Des Moines Register. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
- "Enplanements for CY 2008" (PDF, 1.0 MB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. December 18, 2009.
- "Enplanements for CY 2010" (PDF, 189 KB). faa.gov. Federal Aviation Administration. October 4, 2011.
- Brooks Borg Skiles AE LLP – Des Moines Airport
- Aschbrenner, Joel (January 13, 2014). "Des Moins Sets All Time Flier Record. Delta Now Top Airline.". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
- "Des Moines, IA: Des Moines International (DSM)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics. December 2012.
- "N41447 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 1, 2010.
- "NTSB Identification: MKC79FA007". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- "Plane Crashes at Des Moines Airport". Retrieved August 22, 2011.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Des Moines International Airport.|
- Des Moines International Airport, official site
- Aerial image as of 5 April 2000 from USGS The National Map
- FAA Terminal Procedures for DSM, effective August 18, 2016
- (PDF), effective August 18, 2016
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