Des Moines Airport Car Rental

Des Moines International Airport Background…

Throughout the early and mid-1920s the Des Moines commercial aviation situation was strictly privatized. Then, 1929, a law was passed that gave cities in Iowa the opportunity to accumulate funds for municipal airports through a variety of means. The Des Moines airport was built on one hundred and sixty acres of farmland just south of the city. Construction was completed in 1933 and the first passenger terminal was built just a couple years later. It was replaced in favor of a larger terminal in 1950 to accommodate the growing amount of annual passengers and the rapid growth of commercial aviation in the United States.

The airport was overseen by the Des Moines’ Park Department until an Aviation Department was created in the 1960s. In 1986, Des Moines Airport received its “International” title when a United States Custom Office was created. The number of passengers has fluctuated quite a bit over the last few years due to the economic turns, but stays fairly consistent around just under two million people per year.


Des Moines International Airport


Des Moines International Airport Car Rentals…

There are nine car rental agencies on-site. They are all located around the baggage claim area inside the main terminal. The nine counters you will see around the baggage claim area include Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Enterprise, National, and Thrifty.

Vehicles are stored in the parking garage immediately across from the terminal.  Specifically, when you exit the terminal via the arrivals exit, the cars will be located in the South part of the parking garage.  To get there simply walk out of the front of the terminal, and locate your car rental company, then the appropriately-booked vehicle.

Des Moines Airport to Des Moines Directions…

Once you’ve obtained your vehicle, you’re ready to head into the heart of the city you’ve flown so far to visit, the capital of Iowa, Des Moines. You’ll start your drive by taking a left onto Fleur Dr. From there simply drive on Fleur for about 3.5 miles until you get to I-235.  Take the School Street road that flows into I-235 (You’ll see the overhead signage pointing you to School Street and I-235).  Drive about a mile and a half and then take the 8B exit, and then turn left on Pennsylvania into the city.

Des Moines Airport Car Rental Return…

If you would like a detailed tutorial of how to locate the rental car area, especially if you’re looking to return your vehicle, please view the video the airport has created that walks you through the process of return. The video can be found on the airport’s official site, Youtube, and below.

If you take Fleur Dr back to the airport, you should come across a variety of different gas stations to choose from. If you refuel once you’re on Fleur Dr, you shouldn’t really have to worry about getting back with a full tank of gas unless there is a ton of traffic and you end up in a stand still.  The most convenient gas station available will be the Phillips 66 right across the road from the airport turn in road, Fleur.






Other Car Rental Options at Des Moines International Airport…

The area can be a bit confusing, especially due to the number of one way street along the downtown area, so a GPS system may be a good idea. Also, if you’re heading back to the airport during rush hour, you could hit heavy traffic along Fleur Dr. GPS that updates according to present traffic situations could be a huge penny saver and help you make a flight you would’ve otherwise missed. Seriously consider rental a GPS system before you drive your rental vehicle out of the airport. 

Finally, we want to thank you for visiting our site.  We hope you come back and visit us anytime!

Source: Des Moines Airport

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