Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is located three miles southwest of Des Moines, IA. This facility provides travel services for more than two million passengers passing through the Des Moines area each year.
It is home to the Des Moines Air National Guard Base as well as the 132d Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard.
There were several small airports located throughout Des Moines in the early 1920s which provided general aviation and airmail.
In 1929, a law was passed in the state that allowed cities to sell bonds in order to build municipal airports. While more than 80 different sites were considered, the final decision was made to build on 160 acres of farmland just south of Des Moines.
Construction on Des Moines International Airport (DSM) was completed in 1933, numerous expansions and improvements have been made over the years to make the airport the successful and necessary facility it is today.
Delta Air Lines handles a majority of the flights that go in and out of Des Moines International Airport (DSM) followed by United Airlines, American Airlines, US Airways, Allegiant Air, Southwest and Frontier Airlines.
There are two concourses and 12 gates with concourse a providing A1 through A5 while Concourse C is home to gates C1 through C7.
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