Des Moines International Airport

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Des Moines International Airport
Des Moines International Airport ( IATA: DSM, ICAO: KDSM, FAA LID: DSM) is a small hub primary airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Des Moines, a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. This airport is publicly owned by the City of Des Moines. The airport serves the Des Moines metropolitan area with 16 connections to major airline hubs. In 2011, it was reported that DSM is now the 85th busiest airport in the United States by passenger traffic.

During the 1920s, the Des Moines area had several small private airports that catered to general aviation and airmail. In 1929, the Iowa General Assembly passed a law allowing cities to sell bonds and levy assessments in order to build municipal airports. Over 80 different sites were considered for the Des Moines Airport until a decision was made to build on 160 acres (0.65 km²) of farmland on the south side of the city. Construction of the airport began in 1932 and was completed in 1933. The airport's first passenger terminal was built shortly after the airport was completed. It was replaced by a new terminal in 1950 that has been expanded and renovated several times since then. The airport itself has expanded several times from its original 160-acre (0.65 km 2) site and now covers 2,300 acres (9.3 km²) of land. The airport was originally governed by the City of Des Moines' Parks Department. A separate Aviation Department was established by the city during the 1960s, and in 1982, a separate Aviation Policy Advisory Board was established. The airport was renamed the Des Moines International Airport in 1986 to acknowledge the presence of a United States Customs Service office at the airport. The airport handled a record 1,990,167 passengers in 2004; that figure dropped to 1,903,573 in 2005 but increased to 1,959,393 in 2006. In 2007 the airport saw 1,982,485 passengers go through the airport, an increase over the past year. In 2008 the airport saw a decrease in passenger traffic due to the economic downturn seeing passenger traffic drop to a 5-year low of 1,896,389. In August 2007, Des Moines International was chosen by Mesaba Airlines, also called Northwest Airlink, to build a maintenance facility at the airport. This facility serves as the hub of maintenance for the whole airline. The facility opened on February 9, 2009.

Interior renovation work began in 2009 on the airport and is scheduled to be completed in 2010. The project includes new carpets, paint, gate counters, seating, a new ceiling, signage, and a fire sprinkler system. Also included in the upgrade is a common-use project allowing any airline to use any gate at the airport. A new restroom is also being added to the C concourse to allow for future concourse expansion. The airport is modernizing baggage handling capabilities with expanded processing facilities as well. In addition to work inside the passenger terminal, the airport is building a rental car facility and new parking facilities. It is also planning a new 5,000-foot runway (to be extended to 9,000 feet (2,700 m) in a later phase), and a new GA apron. The new GA apron is partially in response to the failure of a reliever proposal in Adel, Iowa and restricted space in the current GA area.

Aircraft based on the field: 125 Single engine airplanes: 56 Multi engine airplanes: 28 Jet airplanes: 23 Helicopters: 1 Military aircraft: 17 Aircraft operations: avg 333/day 36% commercial, 34% local general aviation, 27% transient general aviation, 3% military 1,982,633 passengers used the airport in 2007, down from the 2004 record of 1,990,167.

Airlines and destinations
United Airlines is the largest operator out of DSM Handling 32% of passengers, followed by Delta Airlines (29%), American Eagle (17%), Allegiant Airlines (8%), Frontier Airlines (6%), U.S. Airways (5%), and AirTran (3%). The Des Moines Terminal is divided into 2 concourses; concourse A with gates A1-A5(A-E), and concourse C, with gates C1-C7.

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Accidents and incidents
On 2 December 1978, Douglas C-47A N41447 of SMB Stage Line crashed short of the runway while on a cargo flight from Chicago, Illinois. Airframe icing was a factor in the accident. On December 1, 2007, a United Express plane carrying 44 passengers slid off a taxiway while taxiing to the runway for takeoff. No one was injured, but the airport was closed for seven hours after the incident because of the winter storm moving through the area. On March 13, 2008, an Atlanta-bound ASA (Delta 4704) flight was delayed more than five hours when a mouse was discovered shortly before take-off from DSM. Officials delayed the flight to inspect the plane for any damage that the mouse may have caused. Maintenance crews checked wiring and components on the aircraft. The flight took off at 11:39am. On July 8, 2008, a Des Moines bound, Denver originating United Airlines flight was delayed for more than six hours after a passenger found ticks on the plane from Washington, DC to Denver. The plane was further delayed because of storms in Denver.

Airlines Destinations Concourse AirTran Airways Orlando A AirTran Airways operated by SkyWest Airlines Milwaukee A Allegiant Air Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando-Sanford, St. Petersburg/Clearwater A American Eagle Chicago-O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth C Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Houston-Intercontinental, Newark C Delta Air Lines Atlanta C Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta, Memphis C Delta Connection operated by Comair Seasonal: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky C Delta Connection operated by Compass Airlines Minneapolis/St. Paul C Delta Connection operated by Mesaba Airlines Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington-National C Delta Connection operated by Pinnacle Airlines Atlanta, Detroit, Memphis C Frontier Airlines Denver A Frontier Airlines operated by Chautauqua Airlines Milwaukee A United Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver A United Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Chicago-O'Hare A United Express operated by Mesa Airlines Chicago-O'Hare A United Express operated by Shuttle America Denver A United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Chicago-O'Hare, Denver A United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines Houston-Intercontinental C US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Phoenix C Busiest Domestic Routes from DSM (December 2009-November 2010) Rank City Passengers Carriers 1 Chicago, IL (ORD) 191,000 American, United 2 Denver, CO 129,000 Frontier, United 3 Minneapolis, MN 93,000 Delta 4 Dallas, TX 90,000 American 5 Detroit, MI 52,000 Delta 6 Atlanta, GA 49,000 Delta 7 Milwaukee, WI 45,000 AirTran, Frontier 8 Memphis, TN 43,000 Delta 9 Phoenix, AZ 41,000 US Airways 10 Las Vegas, NV 32,000 Allegiant Airlines Destinations Air Net Denver (Centennial Airport), DuPage, Omaha, Rochester MN FedEx Express Cedar Rapids, Memphis, Madison, Peoria, St. Louis Flight Express Waterloo, Chakoia/St. Louis (Downtown Airport), Fort Dodge, Kansas City (Downtown Airport) UPS Airlines Burbank, Cedar Rapids, Newark, Spokane, Sacramento, Portland OR, Philadelphia, Louisville, Hartford/Springfield , Rockford IL

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