May 10, 2021 - News
Des Moines airfares are ticking back up
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Flights were dirt cheap when COVID-19 grounded most of our travels last year, but they're steadily going back up.

The good news: Flying out of Des Moines is still cheaper than our neighboring cities like Omaha or Kansas City.

By the numbers: The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that travelers originating from DSM paid an average of $263.70 for their flights in the fourth quarter of 2020.

  • Omaha travelers paid $282.09 and those in Kansas City forked over $278.58.
  • But Iowa flyers who travel to larger airports may save a little bit of money and find more options: Chicago was only $225.96.

The big picture: Airlines are predicting a near-normal summer as domestic travel demand rises as vaccinations continue, according to the New York Times.

  • The average fare for May 2021 is $50 cheaper compared to 2019, but that should even out by the end of summer, per the NYT.
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