The cheapest times to fly from DSM to FWA are

  • March 26th to May 6th (except the week of April 2nd)
  • October 15th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)
  • December 24th to March 4th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from DSM to FWA is early December. Prices can be as high as $561 for Monday flights during early to mid October, or as low as $218 for Wednesday flights around early December.


When to Fly to Fort Wayne

Flying from Des Moines, IA (DSM) to Fort Wayne, IN (FWA) will usually cost between $228 to $445 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early December with an average ticket price of $255. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid October, with an average price of $469. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $214 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $302 can be considered a good price for a round-trip DSM to FWA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the DSM to FWA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

DSM to FWA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the DSM to FWA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Des Moines. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.43, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Mondays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $121 (31%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $251. Return trip prices are from the FWA to DSM flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from DSM to FWA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 1 hour 47 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from DSM to FWA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in Chicago, IL

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from FWA
  • Usually 15.89% less expensive than FWA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to MDW flights

Destination alternative #2: Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Kalamazoo, MI

  • 89 miles (143 km) away from FWA
  • Usually 4.64% less expensive than FWA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to AZO flights

Destination alternative #3: Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) in Grand Rapids, MI

  • 133 miles (214 km) away from FWA
  • Usually 1.16% less expensive than FWA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to GRR flights

Destination alternative #4: Indianapolis International Airport (IND) in Indianapolis, IN

  • 105 miles (169 km) away from FWA
  • Usually 0.66% less expensive than FWA
  • 1-layover flights available

See DSM to IND flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from DSM to FWA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, SAS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Fort Wayne International Airport to Des Moines International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 441 miles or 710 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from DSM to FWA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop DSM to FWA flight is about 1 hour 47 minutes.

How many flights go between Des Moines, IA and Fort Wayne, IN?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 17 available flights from DSM to FWA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code DSM
Origination airport name Des Moines International Airport
City Des Moines, IA
Country the United States
Latitude 41.5
Longitude -93.7

Return Airport

Destination code FWA
Destination airport name Fort Wayne International Airport
City Fort Wayne, IN
Country the United States
Latitude 41
Longitude -85.2


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