WORTH THE WAIT: Des Moines Airport leaders say longer lines in the morning are a positive sign of growth

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Spring break travelers may want to leave a little more time to get through the airport if your flight takes off early in the morning.

Des Moines International Airport General Manager Kevin Foley says, “The number of seats flying out of Des Moines has increased and that results in more people trying to get through security at the same time.”

Foley says he started noticing longer wait times in the morning between 5:30 and 7 in the fall. He says airlines are switching to bigger planes to get ready to compete with Southwest Airlines.

He says the added volume plus new body scanners are making for a longer line to get through security at times between the 5:30 and 7 am. Foley says the average wait time during that period is twenty minutes, as opposed to the usual six minutes.

Foley says, “It’s a result of increased competition in Des Moines, so those are good things: more seats, hopefully lower fares, but it will be a little while before we see those lines dissipate.”

Foley says travelers should take a few steps to avoid the rush in the morning. He says to arrive at least 90 minutes before an early morning flight. Also, prepare to park in a spot you may not be used to. He says long term parking fills up on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Look for signs on Fleur Drive directing you where to park if the ramp is full. The airport also posts the information on its website and twitter feed.