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Des Moines International Airport (DSM) is located three miles southwest of the business district of Des Moines, Iowa. Construction of the airport began in 1932 and was completed in 1933. The airport was named Des Moines International Airport in 1986 as an acknowledgement of the United States Customs Service office that is located at the airport. DSM is the only port of entry airport in the state of Iowa.

Nearly 2 million passengers are served by the airport each year by 8 different airline carriers. United Airlines carries the most passengers out of DSM followed by Delta. There are 17 non-stop flights from DSM.

There is one main terminal at Des Moines Airport which houses Concourse A with 8 gates and Concourse C with 7 gates.

There are four different parking options at Des Moines Airport with over 4500 parking spaces. There are the Short Term Parking Ramp and Long Term Parking Ramp, both of which are in an enclosed parking structure, an Economy Lot and Airport 2 Parking which is the least expensive options and offers a shuttle to the airport.

There is shuttle service available between Des Moines International and Ames, IA as well as other locations in Central Iowa. Other ground transportation options available at the airport include rental car agencies, cabs and taxis, buses, limos, and hotel shuttles.