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Des Moines Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The city is known for being the insurance capital of the world.
  • The name Des Moines means ‘place of the monks’.
  • The humidity from the Raccoon River is believed to help protect the city from the tornados that sweep the rest of the state.
  • Des Moines is halfway between the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.
  • The city’s geography gives it hot humid summers due to the moist soils that make the state so fertile.

Des Moines Airport Mini Guide

The international airport at Des Moines serves the city and the wider state of Iowa in the United States. It is near to two regional airports, one in Omaha and one in Kansas which compete with Des Moines airport for business and are sometimes able to offer cheaper tickets. Des Moines airport is owned and operated by the city of Des Moines although the parks department was originally in charge. It has a long history having been in operation since the 1920s. Commercial flights have long been available as a passenger terminal was built soon after the airport. A new and improved terminal was then built in 1950.

Des Moines Airport

Over the years that terminal has experienced many renovations. Des Moines airport (IATA: DSM) is a good place to have a car as you can make a short 5 km journey to the central business district or also drive around surrounding Polk County. This is a relatively modestly sized airport which deals with just under 2 million passengers per year, but it has a number of domestic connections within the US. Passenger numbers have gone down since 2004 partly due to the economic recession.

Des Moines airport is called an international airport because a United States Customs Service office is in operation at the airport. It acts as a hub for Mesaba Airlines which built their base here at the beginning of 2009. At the same time Delta Air Lines restarted today service to Salt Lake City to and from Des Moines airport.

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