A groundbreaking ceremony has been held to mark the beginning of the $445m expansion of Des Moines International Airport.

Turner Construction Company has been selected for the  expansion. The airport has recently struggled to handle increased passenger traffic, and the new terminal will increase the number of available gates from 12 to 18 while transforming the front door to the city for visitors and business travellers alike. The economic development from the new terminal will continue the momentum the region has seen in recent years. The new building will replace and expand security areas, gate operations, passenger arrivals and departures, while introducing the latest baggage handling systems as well as elevated dining and retail options.

“We are thrilled to begin construction on the new terminal, a much-anticipated enhancement to the front door of our community,” said Zachary Loy, vice-president and general manager of Turner Construction’s Iowa business unit. “The new terminal will help revitalise the entire airport and give a great first impression of Iowa to its visitors. We are eager to work with the Des Moines Airport Authority, the design team, and the community to make this vision a reality.”

The $445m phase 1 of the project is expected to be completed in 2026, with additional demolition and renovation continuing up until 2027.

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