NEW TERMINAL: Airport Unveils $468m Plan

Travelers are getting the opportunity Tuesday to peruse the proposed plans for a new terminal at the Des Moines International Airport.

Airport officials say the current terminal building isn’t large enough and is outdated. It was built in 1948.

“Our passenger traffic continues to increase and we’re courting the airlines trying to get additional flights and city pairs. This terminal is going to get stretched further and further,” airport executive director Kevin Foley said.

By 2027, Foley anticipates hitting the three million passenger mark.

The plan for a new terminal would cost $468-million making it the most expensive public building project in state history. It would be funded through federal grants, bonds, private partnerships and potentially an increase in per passenger fees.

Before securing any funding, the authority board and FAA must approve plans and a design.

It would be built facing south along Army Post Road and Foley hopes crews will break ground by 2022 with a completion date of 2024 proposed.

The airport authority board will vote on whether to build a new terminal at the end of the year.


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