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Palm Springs Airport – Everything you need to know about the Palm Springs Airport

 Palm Springs Airport – Everything you need to know about the Palm Springs Airport

Named one of the TOP 10 U.S. “Most Stress Free Airports” by SmarterTravel.com

Palm Springs International Airport  is a public airport two miles  east of downtown Palm Springs, CA. The airport covers 940 acres with  runways . The airport is highly seasonal, with most flights operating during the winter.

Palm Springs International Airport

Built in 1930 as a United States Army  Air Corps emergency landing field on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.   The city of Palms Springs bought the land and airport in 1961 and converted it to the Palm Springs Municipal Airport.

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is currently served by 11 airlines that connect to hundreds of cities worldwide.  Every year, PSP welcome thousands of visitors from over 500 cities around the world.

Terminals are divided into three parts.  The main building, the elevated Sonny Bono Concourse to the north and a yet to be named concourse to the south.  The airport has an unique open-air layout where all passenger walkways connection these structures are roofless.Main Building:  The main building is the land side of the airport. Road traffic accesses the airport directly off of Tahquitz Canyon Way (from downtown) or Kirk Douglas Way, itself fed by Ramon Road from points east. Uncovered parking areas are directly in front of the building. The center section houses the security screening area and automatic doors to/from the open-air walkways airside. Ticketing is on the right (south) wing, while baggage claim and car rental counters are on the left (north).

Departing passengers are routed first to airline ticket counters or kiosks for checking in. Since all gates at Palm Springs are in the two outlying concourses, passengers must pass through the security screening area for admittance into the secure air side of the airport. After leaving the main building via the automatic doors leading out to the open-air courtyard, passengers can access 17 full-service gates at the two concourses

Sonny Bono Conc0urse (gates 4-11):  n November 4, 1999 the new Sonny Bono Concourse opened as part of the 1994-2000 expansion. Named in honor of the late singer, congressman and former mayor of the city.  This newer concourse is the elevated one of the two. It is used for larger aircraft.

Gates 12-20:  The older unnamed concourse on the south side, simply known in signage as “Gates 12–20,” is at tarmac-level and hosts smaller aircraft. Boarding uses ramps or airstairs.

Parking at Palm Springs Airport 

All parking is located easily and conveniently  across from the terminal building with parking for visitors and passengers.  There are no separate lots for short term and long term parking.

Parking Rates:  $12.00 Max per day – $1.00 for each 20 minutes.

Park and Call Cell Lot – Allows greeters and visitors to park for free and wait in their vehicles for their arriving passengers.  This lot is located of Kirk Douglas Douglas parkway.  You cannot leave your vehicle in this lot.


Additional Parking information including car rentals and ground transportation.


Shops and Restaurants at the airport

Desert News/CNBC – Wide selection of magazines, books, snacks, drinks and items you sometimes forget to pack, lip balm, film, hairbrush,, etc.

Desert Marketplace – Offers the finest selection of gift items.

Casual wear, jewelry, historical books, spa-quality skin product and much, much more.

The PGA Store – Carries a multitude of items for golfers.  The PGA store was voted on the 100 Best Golf Shops in 2010 by GolfWorld.  Perfect location for PGA as Palm Springs is a golfer’s paradise with more than 100 coursesCelebrity Bistro Cafe & Bar – Full service, sit-down restaurant and bar with the glamour, history and the panache of the Palm Springs area.  Make sure to stop by and take a

gander at the “Wall of Stars” that pays homage to the many celebrities who have called Palm Springs homes over the past 50 years. Serving Breakfast, lunch, dinner and of course cocktails. Located in the main terminal.

Starbucks – Located in the Courtyard after the Security Checkpoint.  Grant that coffee, pastries, sandwiches and snacks for the ride


Hotels Near Palm Springs Airport

Desert Isle Resort
Parker Palm Springs
The Saguaro Palms Springs
La Maison Hotel
Hilton Palm Springs
Best Western
The Colony Palms Hotel
Exteneded Stay America
Motel 6 Palm Springs Downtown
Comfort Inn Palm Springs Downtown
Vista Mirage Resort
Vista Grade Resort
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
Quality Inn Palm Springs

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