Ankeny Regional Airport History

Business and community leaders convened in 1989 to create a vision for an airport in the northeast part of Polk County. They saw a need to serve businesses that relied on easy access to Des Moines to complement Des Moines International Airport.

A partnership was crafted between Polk County and the cities of Bondurant, Altoona and Ankeny. The early leadership of the Polk County Aviation Authority¬† and elected officials faced the dual challenges of building and financing an airport from scratch and constructing a system for governing it. These leaders used their relationships and vision to identify a location for the airport and to develop a plan to build it. The airport’s proximity to the Metro North Business Park lent credibility to the vision for a business airport.

The Ankeny Regional Airport opened in February 1994. The first airplane at the airport was a Cessna TR182 owned by Casey’s General Stores (Ankeny Press Citizen, 2/15/94 – 2/21/94).