NEW TERMINAL: Airport Unveils $468m Plan

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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Airport officials say the current terminal building isn’t large enough and is outdated.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.


  • New Airport Board: No New Airport

    Where is Kevin Foley getting passenger traffic numbers for 2027? Obamacare? The Airport Board needs a 2nd opinion, or we need a 2nd Airport Board to replace the 1st. This don’t smell good. Hog manure smells better than this.

    • HMMMM....

      what does this have to do with Obamacare?!?!?! Unless you plan on the city to stay the same for the next 20 years, growth is inevitable and that includes upgrading the current infrastructure. Maybe consider looking at all the options and plans before crossing it out completely. Maybe you would learn something and realize how archaic some of the infrastructure this city has. how do you hope to compete with our neighboring cities? why would one company want to invest in DSM vs. somewhere else? Look at the big picture of what they are trying to do here…

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