Expansion Accommodates Growth

There are 16 airports located in Riverside County, including the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). Named one of the Top 10 “Most Stress Free Airports” in the United States, a record-breaking 2.6 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2019. While COVID-19 has hampered tourism and it is expected to take years before PSP sees that level of travel again, Riverside County Airport projects forge ahead with improvements for the best travel experience for those frequenting the facility.

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.

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