Plan for $468 Million Terminal Approved by Des Moines Airport Board

Proposed new terminal at the Des Moines International Airport. (Photo courtesy: Leigh Fisher)

Proposed new terminal at the Des Moines International Airport.
(Photo courtesy: Leigh Fisher)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Airport officials Tuesday morning approved a plan for building a $468 million terminal at the Des Moines International Airport.

The Des Moines Register reports that the plan calls for building the terminal on the south end of the airport. It would replace the current 66-year-old terminal that airport officials say is too small.

Depending on how fast ridership grows, construction could begin in 2022.

The new terminal would have 14 gates with plans to expand to 18 and space to add more gates decades later if needed. The current terminal has 11 gates.

Airport ridership climbed since the recession, reaching a record 2.2 million passengers in 2013.

-The Des Moines Register contributed to this report

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