DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Airport wants a new terminal but the problem is where to put it.
The Des Moines airport board originally launched the effort to build a new terminal in 2014, and board members say it’s needed because of a growing number of people flying out of Des Moines.
The initial idea was to have the terminal built on the south side of the airport with three gates and the ability to easily add four more.
Now, the east side could be a better location.
According to the Des Moines Register, consultants building on the east would be cheaper. That’s because a $50 million taxiway wouldn’t be needed.
The board won’t make a decision on the location until next year and construction wouldn’t begin until 2022
Also, the airport is in the process of redoing its main runway. The airport says the concrete on the primary runway has reached the end of its useful life.
On Tuesday, the federal government awarded the airport nearly $900,000 for the project.
The money will be used to design the 9,000-foot runway and the total cost is expected to top $45 million.