Des Moines Airport Eyeing New Terminal by 2024

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The Des Moines Airport Authority Board hears an update from a hired consultant on community-outreach efforts for a new terminal project (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

The Des Moines Airport Authority Board hears an update from a hired consultant on community-outreach efforts for a new terminal project (WHO-HD/Reid Chandler)

DES MOINES, Iowa – At its current growth-rate, the Des Moines International Airport will be over-capacity within 10 years, airport authority officials said in a meeting Tuesday. To counter this problem, the Des Moines Airport Authority Board is eyeing a new terminal addition – but it wouldn’t come to fruition before 2024.

“It’s based on growth, and anybody who has flown in or out of Des Moines during the big periods understands the lines we’re encountering, and we have no room to expand in this terminal,” said Kevin Foley, executive director and general manager for the Des Moines International Airport. “The plan is based on a 3% per year growth, and by 2024, we’ll have completely outgrown this existing terminal, if we continue to grow at 3% per year. We’re above that this year – have been above that the last several years.”

Airport authority officials hired David Fisher as a consultant for the potential project back in October. Fisher presented his first update to the board at its monthly meeting Tuesday. Right now, Fisher says he’s working on educating the public on the importance of a new terminal at the airport, and ensuring support from community businesses and city officials. From there, he says his next goal will be to identify sources of revenue for the estimated $400 million project.

Officials say there won’t be a design laid out for the project until revenue sources have been identified and confirmed; those will come from state and federal grants, as well as community contributions. If the required revenue is secured, the design process will begin. From there, construction would be anticipated to begin in 2022, with the terminal in operation by 2024.

3 comments

  • Brooks Woolson

    Infrastructure investment projects are not welfare capital. Is this even a serious thought, or is this flamebait? The current terminal building is nearly 70 years old and very nearly at capacity. Additionally, Central Iowa taxpayers don’t fund the airport’s operations (airport-use fees levied against commercial passengers do) and may very well not fund any of this project given the difficulty of obtaining AIP grant money. If the tax payers do fund it, it will be levied at the federal level.

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