Palm Springs Airport is a small, but modern and busy facility with international flights. If the area was more of a year-round destination, it might be as large as the Las Vegas airport. While the number of visitors to Vegas do drop off to some extent during the summer, arrivals into PSP (the facility’s three-letter IATA code) drop off considerably during the summer months.
Although the weather here is extremely hot during the summer (approaching 110∞ Fahrenheit), everything that is indoors is air-conditioned, and there is virtually no property (including cheap hotels) that don’t have a swimming pool. If you are on a budget, this could be the best time to go for you. Hotels and vacation rentals have lower rates. You have a fewer flights to choose from because some are seasonal, but you can fly into either Los Angeles or San Diego and make the drive in about two hours.
Palm Springs Airport Terminal
Palm Springs International Airport has direct seasonal flights from Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary in Canada. Additionally, you can come from just about anywhere in the world by connecting in Los Angeles and San Diego. Other direct flights are available from Washington State, Texas, Colorado, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and several other cities. The most frequent flights come from Los Angeles and San Diego.
Conveniently located only two miles east of the main downtown area, Palm Springs Airport offers a number of services and facilities to get you to your destination quickly and make your wait more convenient. While there is a fairly extensive public bus system within the city, you will need car rentals during your vacations—unless you are going to one of the resorts and really have no plans to explore the area. Many of the hotels have complimentary PSP shuttles, even the Idyllwild Arts Foundation, a prestigious private residential high school with an emphasis on the arts, offers airport transportation for its students, faculty, and visitors.
If you have friends picking you up, Palm Springs Airport has a free cell phone waiting area where your friends can wait in their car until you phone them to say you are ready to be picked up, thereby avoiding short-term parking charges. PSP also has ATM machines in the terminal as well as free WiFi. If you have a wait before you depart or after you arrive, there are a number of retail shops, snack and dining outlets, and bars. This area is a golfer’s paradise, with more than 240 golf courses in the Coachella Valley. If you’ve arrived to get in a few rounds, you’ll be welcomed at Palm Springs International Airport by a PGA Tour Shop. This is extremely convenient if you are heading directly to a course after landing and need to pick up a couple items before you hit the fairway. The airport itself is surrounded by courses and you can just about walk from the terminal to the Fairchilds Golf Course, which is located only about 1,000 feet away. The Desert Princess Resort and Country Club is only about a mile away.
Palm Springs Airport
Palm Springs International Airport was built in 1939 as an Air Force base on land that was owned by the Cahuilla Native American tribe, officially recognized in this region as the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who currently are the largest landowner in and around the city. There are other bands of these people in the region, including the Morongo Band. Together they own Indian Canyons (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, one of the city’s fine museums, and a number of the local casinos, resorts, and spas.