Des Moines International Airport

KDSM · Iowa, United States

About Des Moines International Airport

Type Large airport
Open since April 1940
Coordinates (ARP) 41.53397, -93.66307   413202N 0933947W
Variation 0.4° E (2024)
Timezone Chicago (-5 h)
Local time Apr 21, 2024 22:40
Fuel types
100LL 100LL gasoline, low lead (Blue)
A Jet A, Kerosene (-40°C)
Usage Public (Joint use)
Operations (annual) 77,152 (December 31, 2022)
Based aircraft 105
Airport status Operational
Source FAA (Effective date April 18, 2024)


ID True Heading Magnetic Heading Length Width Surface Latitude Longitude
5 054° 053° 9,003 ft 151 ft Concrete 41.5234 -93.6771
23 234° 233° 41.538 -93.6506
13 132° 131° 9,003 ft 151 ft Concrete 41.5456 -93.6745
31 312° 311° 41.529 -93.6502

Do not use for flight planning
The airport may be closed or require prior permission. Magnetic headings are calculated from true headings using the WMM 2020 model.

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Des Moines International Airport

Des Moines International Airport is a large airport in Iowa, United States. The airport is located at latitude 41.53397 and longitude -93.66307. The airport has 2 runways: 5/23 and 13/31. The ICAO airport code of this field is KDSM. The local airport ID (FAA LID) of this airport is DSM. The airport's IATA code is DSM. Nearby other airfields are Hobbes Field, Tuinstra Airfield, Laverty Field, Ankeny Regional Airport and Agrivation Field.

Des Moines International Airport publishes a METAR. The flight information region (FIR) is Minneapolis.

Des Moines International Airport is in the timezone of America/Chicago. Difference with UTC is -5 h. Today the sun rises at 06:22 and sets at 20:03. This applies to Des Moines International Airport, the universal daylight period may be different. The difference between the local time and UTC is -5 hour. Daylight saving time is currently in progress.

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Nearby airports

Airport ID Distance Direction
Iowa Methodist Medical Center Heliport US-4079 3.6 NM 021°
Mercy Hospital Medical Center Private Heliport US-4080 4.3 NM 023°
Iowa Lutheran Hospital Life Flight Heliport US-4081 4.7 NM 029°
Broadlawns Medical Center Heliport US-4078 5.1 NM 011°
Hobbes Field US-4072 6.2 NM 263°
Tuinstra Airfield US-4110 8.1 NM 137°
Laverty Field US-4113 8.5 NM 147°
Ankeny Regional Airport KIKV 10 NM 024°
Indianola Heliport US-4111 11 NM 153°

Navigational aids

Name Ident Type Distance Direction
Forem DS NDB 4.8 NM 129°
Des Moines DSM VORTAC 5.9 NM 173°
Ankeny IKV NDB 11 NM 024°

More runway information


ID Surface condition Surface treatment PCN
Pavement Classification Number
Runway Lights Edge Intensity
5 Excellent No special treatment High
13 Excellent Saw-cut or plastic grooved High

Weight Bearing Capacity

ID Single wheel Double wheel Double tandem Dual double tandem
5 100,000 lbs 190,000 lbs 360,000 lbs 850,000 lbs
13 100,000 lbs 200,000 lbs 360,000 lbs 850,000 lbs

Declared distances

Takeoff Run Available
Takeoff Distance Available
Accelerated Stop Distance Available
Landing Distance Available
Displaced Threshold
13 9,003 ft 9,003 ft 9,003 ft 9,003 ft
31 9,003 ft 9,003 ft 9,003 ft 9,003 ft


ID End Elevation Threshold Crossing Height Visual Glide Path Angle Touchdown Zone Elevation Displaced Threshold
5 916 ft 55 ft 3.0° 284 ft
23 937 ft 60 ft 3.0° 286 ft
13 913 ft 54 ft 3.0° 281 ft
31 958 ft 52 ft 3.0° 292 ft

Obstruction data

ID Controlling Object
Controlling Object
CFR Part 77 Controlling Object
Clearance slope
Controlling Object
Height (AGL)
Controlling Object
Distance Threshold
Controlling Object
Centerline offset
Controlling Object
5 Precision Instrument 50
23 POLE Lighted C 34 67 ft 2,323 ft 1,230 ft Left
13 Precision Instrument 50
31 Precision Instrument 50

Lights and markings

ID Runway Markings
Runway Markings
Approach Light System Runway End Identifier Lights Centerline Lights Touchdown Lights Visual Glide Slope Indicators
5 Nonprecision Instrument Good MALSR Yes No P4L
23 Nonprecision Instrument Good Yes P4L
13 Precision Instrument Good MALSR Yes P4R
31 Precision Instrument Good ALSF2 Yes Yes P4L

Other information

ID ILS type Pattern Runway Visual Range
Runway Visibility Value
5 ILS/DME Left hand Touchdown
23 Left hand Rollout
13 ILS/DME Left hand Touchdown, Midfield, Rollout No
31 ILS/DME Right hand Touchdown, Midfield, Rollout No
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