The flight time from Detroit to Des Moines is 1 hour, 49 minutes. See Data as Tables

Average Timeline

Leaves DTW Detroit, MI 4 minutes early.
20 minutes taxiing out
1 hour, 23 minutes in the air
5 minutes taxiing in
Arrives DSM Des Moines, IA 9 minutes early.

Flight Reliability By Airline ?

Delta
89%
Cancelled
Delayed*
Normal

Flight Summary

The flight time from Detroit to Des Moines is 1 hour, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 23 minutes.

The flight distance from Detroit to Des Moines is 533 Miles.

Reverse Journey

Des Moines to Detroit
1 hour, 40 minutes

Flight Time By Airline ?

Delta
1h 49m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flight Time by Time of Day ?

12AM06AM12PM06PM 30m1h1h 30m
Taxiing Out
Air Time
Taxiing In

Flights By Time of Day ?
(Average)

12AM06AM12PM06PM0.00.20.40.60.81.0

Flights Per Week

24

Distance

533 Miles

Flights By Month ?

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Flights By Day of Week ?
(Average)

MonTueWedThuFriSatSun01234

Flights By Airline ?
(Per Week)

Delta
24

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Detroit from Des Moines by plane?

The distance from Detroit to Des Moines by plane is 533 Miles. This is the air distance on the most direct route taken by the vast majority of flights.

How long is the flight from Detroit to Des Moines?

The flight time from Detroit to Des Moines is 1 hour, 49 minutes. The time spent in the air is 1 hour, 23 minutes. These numbers are averages.

What airlines fly from Detroit to Des Moines?

Delta is the only airline with direct flights from Detroit to Des Moines.

Does Southwest fly from Detroit to Des Moines?

Southwest does not fly from Detroit (DTW) to Des Moines (DSM). Keep in mind that Southwest may fly to other nearby airports, as they will often fly into smaller airpors instead of larger ones. This is because the costs are often lower to fly into smaller airports, and they pass the savings on to you.

Tables and Explanations

Data Source

Our information is computed from the latest available data from the US Department of Transportation.

Average Timeline Timeline Chart

The average timeline contains the median time a flight spends in 3 stages. The first of these three stages is taxiing out which includes the time from the flight leaving the gate to taking off. The second stage is in the air, which includes the time spent from the flight leaving the ground to touching back down at the end of it's journey. The last stage is taxiing in, which is from when the flight touches down to the flight arriving at it's gate.

The average timeline also estimates on average of when the flight will leave and arrive relative to it's stated departure time.

Leaves Detroit 4 minutes early
Taxi Out Time 20 minutes
In the Air 83 minutes
Taxiing In 5 minutes
Arrives Des Moines 9 minutes early

Flight Reliability Reliability Chart

The reliability of an airline measures how often the airline's flights on this route are cancelled or delayed more than 20 minutes. For example, from Detroit to Des Moines, Delta is 89% reliable, which means that Delta flights are on time 89% of the time, and cancelled or delayed the remaining time.

Airline Normal Flights Arrival Delayed* Flight Cancelled
Delta 89% 11% 0%

Flight Time By Airline Flight Time By Airline Chart

Each airline takes a different amount of time to fly between Detroit and Des Moines, this is due to different operational factors on the ground, as well as scheduling of planes. Each airline's flight time is split into three stages which are described above in the "Average Timeline" section. There are also miscellaneous operational issues which are included in the below total but are not accounted for in one of the three stages.

Airline Taxiing Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxiing In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
Delta 20 83 5 109

Flights By Time of Day Flight Time By Day Chart

This one is pretty self explanatory, it represents the number of flights that leave the gate in a given hour of the day. The tricky thing here is that this is normally not a whole number since it is an average over 52 weeks. Partial numbers may indicate that a flight may be seasonal or may take off at different times due to different operational factors.

Time Count
12pm 0.87
8pm 0.99
10am 0.01
8am 0.81
3pm 0.71
4pm 0.08

Flights By Month Flights By Month Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Des Moines that take off in a given month of the year. This number changes because some flights are seasonal, and almost all flights have uneven demand througout the year.

Month Count
January 99
February 93
March 114
April 110
May 110
June 108
July 111
August 118
September 105
October 109
November 98
December 95

Flights By Day Of Week Flights By Day of Week Chart

The quantity of flights from Detroit to Des Moines that take off on a given day of the week. Some routes only have enough demand to sustain a few trips a week, while others have many flights a day. This number is also an average across the year, and hence may not be a whole number.

Day Count
Monday 3.75
Tuesday 3.79
Wednesday 3.81
Thursday 3.79
Friday 3.79
Saturday 2
Sunday 3.5

Flight per Airline (per Week) Flights By Airline Chart

How many times an airline flies this route in a week. Different factors play into how often a carrier chooses to fly a given route including it's need to connect disparate routes, and demand.

Airline Flights per Week
Delta 0

Flight Time By Time of Day Flight Time by Time of Day Chart

The total flight time varies by each hour of the day due to factors such as airport traffic. More flights leaving an airport may cause higher taxi in or taxi out times. See the description of the average timeline above for a deeper discussion of each of these times.

Time Taxi Out
(minutes)
In the Air
(minutes)
Taxi In
(minutes)
Total
(minutes)
12pm 20 83 5 108
8pm 18 82 6 106
10am 23 83 6 110
8am 22 83 5 111
3pm 20 83 6 109
4pm 19 81 5 105
* Delayed more than 20 minutes.
All data above is a median or mean as appropriate.