Awarded $5 million from the federal government as part of a grant program that supports terminal building improvements and equipment acquisition, Palm Springs International Airport will put the funds toward major upgrades that create more space. These include:
Ticketing hall expansion: The wall behind the ticket counters will be pushed back 19 feet to increase the amount of standing space by 5,000 square feet. The ceiling will be raised to add more cubic space.
Expanded security area: Adding an extra lane allows passengers to move through the airport more quickly.
Baggage handling system upgrade: Aimed to eliminate oversized bag crowding that occurs in the screening areas during peak periods. Palm Springs has one of the highest ratios of oversized golf bags per airport passenger in the country.
Relocating police and security offices: Windows will replace walls in narrow and congested corridors. Offices that have “outlived their usefulness” will be transformed.
Additionally, while the Palm Springs City Council approved hiring a consultant to design a potential consolidated rental car facility, those plans are still to come.