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Distance between Fairbanks, AK (FAI) and Des Moines, IA (DSM)

Flight distance from Fairbanks to Des Moines (Fairbanks International Airport – Des Moines International Airport) is 2642 miles / 4252 kilometers / 2296 nautical miles. Estimated flight time is 5 hours 30 minutes.

Driving distance from Fairbanks (FAI) to Des Moines (DSM) is 3373 miles / 5429 kilometers and travel time by car is about 60 hours 8 minutes.

Map of flight path and driving directions from Fairbanks to Des Moines.

Shortest flight path between Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) and Des Moines International Airport (DSM).

How far is Des Moines from Fairbanks?

There are several ways to calculate distances between Fairbanks and Des Moines. Here are two common methods:

Vincenty's formula (applied above)
  • 2641.978 miles
  • 4251.852 kilometers
  • 2295.816 nautical miles

Vincenty's formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points on the earth’s surface, using an ellipsoidal model of the earth.

Haversine formula
  • 2635.892 miles
  • 4242.057 kilometers
  • 2290.528 nautical miles

The haversine formula calculates the distance between latitude/longitude points assuming a spherical earth (great-circle distance – the shortest distance between two points).

Airport information


A Fairbanks International Airport
City: Fairbanks, AK
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: FAI
ICAO Code: PAFA
Coordinates: 64°48′54″N, 147°51′21″W

B Des Moines International Airport
City: Des Moines, IA
Country: United States Flag of United States
IATA Code: DSM
ICAO Code: KDSM
Coordinates: 41°32′2″N, 93°39′47″W

Time difference and current local times

The time difference between Fairbanks and Des Moines is 3 hours. Des Moines is 3 hours ahead of Fairbanks.

Time Difference

Fairbanks, AK

 AKST

Des Moines, IA

 CST

Carbon dioxide emissions

Estimated CO2 emissions per passenger is 292 kg (643 pounds).

Frequent Flyer Miles Calculator

Fairbanks (FAI) → Des Moines (DSM).

Distance:
2642
Elite level bonus:
0
Booking class bonus:
0

In total

Total frequent flyer miles:
2642

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