No Des Moines record set for Thanksgiving holiday travel
Despite high expectations, Thanksgiving travel at Des Moines International Airport for the third year in a row fell short of the prepandemic level, the airport confirmed Monday.
Airport figures show that during the six-day holiday travel period, 23,511 travelers passed through the airport, about 4% short of the 24,478 during the same period in 2019, the last Thanksgiving before the COVID-19 pandemic reached Iowa in 2019.
That was despite October being the first month in which the number of people using the airport exceeded the figure for the same month in 2019.
Before the pandemic, the airport had been setting