Palm Springs International Airport is open twenty-four hours a day. The TSA checkpoint opens approximately one and a half hours before the first departure of the day. Each airline has its own operating hours, but typically, airlines open their ticket counters two hours before departure time, even for early morning flights.
Safe and efficient flow of air traffic, both on the ground and in the air, is provided by the FAA. Air traffic controllers, administrative staff and facilities and equipment maintenance personnel assigned to Palm Springs International Airport all contribute to the local economy.
Please read an important update to the RUNWAY SAFETY BULLETIN SPRING 2020 below due to COVID-19:
- Airfield Layout
- Tarmac Delay Emergency Contingency Plan
- Airport Certification Manual
- Runway Safety Bulletin Spring 2020
Palm Springs Approach Control also provides radar service to pilots operating from Bermuda Dunes and Thermal airports. Installation of a microwave landing system by the FAA is scheduled for the airport to further enhance the airport’s ability to handle future activity and growth.
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is required to keep its Airport Master Record (FAA Form 5010) updated with the FAA. Clicking on the attached link will direct you to the GCR1.com website (FAA’s contractor) to view all Airport Master Records. Type “PSP” in the ‘(Location Identifier Only)’ or Palm Springs, then click on SEARCH to view PSP’s Airport Master Record.
Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting
State-of-the-art aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) equipment, modern facilities and skilled firefighters provide a safe environment for conducting air transportation. To meet FAR Part 139 requirements of an Index C Airport, PSP has at its disposal 3 ARFF vehicles: 2 Oshkosh STI-1500’s and 1 Oshkosh STI-3000 with snozzle. The airport employs City of Palm Springs fire department staff, supporting all personnel and operating cost from revenues generated through aviation activities.
ARFF personnel provide more than rescue operations. All firefighters are trained emergency medical technicians who provide quick response to on-airport medical emergencies.
FIXED BASE OPERATORS
Two major fixed base operators (FBOs) provide a complete range of aviation services to general aviation aircraft used by individuals and companies for personal and business purposes. For private operations information, hangar rental space, or tie-downs please contact Signature Flight Support or Atlantic Aviation.
145 South Gene Autry Trail
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 320-7704 – Manager – Karin Davidson
Please visit their website at https://www.atlanticaviation.com/location/PSP
Signature Flight Support
250 North El Cielo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 327-1201- Manager – Yoel Sade
Please visit their website at http://www.signatureflight.com/locations?region=us
U.S. Customs, I.N.S. and U.S.D.A. services are now available at Palm Springs International Airport on a 24-hour basis with only 4 hours advance notification required.
Normal office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tel. (760) 318-3880.
If you would like to schedule the inspection of a private or charter aircraft upon arrival at Palm Springs International Airport, please download and fill out the Joint FIS Notification Form and fax the completed form to (760) 318-3883.
The airport’s address is 3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs CA 92262.
On I-10, take Exit 123 “Gene Autry Trail – Palm Drive” and head south.
Turn right on Ramon Road, then right on Kirk Douglas Way, which leads to the Airport terminal.
The Palm Springs International Airport offers a variety of services for passengers with disabilities.
In addition to Airline Staff, Traffic Enforcement Officers (TEOs), Skycaps, Police Officers and Volunteer Navigators are available curbside and at key locations to assist passengers with special needs.
The first row of parking nearest to the terminal building provides spaces designated for drivers with disabilities. If you are disabled and are traveling alone, stop curbside in front of the terminal and contact a Skycap or TEO to arrange for assistance with your luggage and your transportation from your vehicle to the departure gate.
Wheelchair service can be requested curbside for transportation to the departure gate on the day of travel. It is recommended that you contact your airline ahead of travel to request wheelchair service for your entire journey.
TSA Security Checkpoint Assistance
“TSA cares” is the Transportation Security Administration program that offers travel assistance for persons with disabilities or medical conditions. Call toll-free: 1-855-787-2227 or find out more online at www.tsa.gov.
It is the intent of the Palm Springs International Airport to provide access to the airport and the services associated with its operation to persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Persons with disabilities or their representatives may request reasonable accommodations in alternative format, including documents, by contacting your respective airline for airline related needs, or the Airport Administration Manager – ADA/504 Coordinator for airport facility related needs.
The ADA/504 Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the Palm Springs International Airport to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and investigating any concerns or complaints regarding access to Airport programs, services or activities. Mark Jucht, Airport Administration Manager, has been designated as the ADA/504 Coordinator.
Mark Jucht may be reached at:
Palm Springs International Airport 3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Suite 1, Palm Springs, CA. 92262
Tel: (760) 318 3800 – TDD: (760) 864 9527 – Fax: (760) 318 3815
E-Mail: [email protected]
For items left on board an aircraft or if your luggage did not arrive with you after a flight, please contact the airlines directly.
For items that were lost or left behind on general property at the PSP Airport, call (760) 318-3841.
For items you may have left at the airport TSA Security Checkpoint, the fastest way to recover your item is to e-mail your inquiry to: [email protected]
You may also call (760) 833 9312 and leave a message.
Airport Volunteer Navigators Program
Palm Springs International Airport is the gateway to the beautiful Coachella Valley. Friendly Volunteer Airport Navigators offer general assistance to travelers such as general way-finding information and assistance in locating airport facilities, assistance in paging, assistance in accessing ground transportation services. They offer maps of Palm Springs and the Coachella valley, local tourists guides magazines, and lists of key phone numbers and directions. They communicate with airline representatives and airport staff to make travelers’ airport experience a positive one.
Volunteer Airport Navigators are stationed at an information counter near the central lobby on the way to the baggage claim wing of the terminal, and they also roam throughout the terminal area. They are generally available during busy travel times seven days a week. They wear a distinctive teal blue shirt or grey jacket emblazoned with the word “Navigator”.
If you’re interested in becoming an Airport Navigator, please follow this link for further information on the City of Palm Springs Volunteer Program and to obtain an application.
United Service Organization (USO) / Military
The PSP USO Service Center works everyday to assist American military personnel and their families. It ensures travelers have a safe and comfortable place to relax while awaiting flights to foreign destinations, or transportation to the TwentyNine Palms Marine Corps Base. We provide assistance selecting hotels, restaurants, local entertainment, and transportation options.
We provide a television lounge with a large library of current and classic films on DVD and video, internet-connected computers for e-mail, web surfing and computer games, a fully stocked snack bar with “GI approved comfort foods”, a lending library of books, newspapers, magazines, and more. All services are provided free of charge to the troops, their families and retired military personnel.
The USO is located at 210 N. El Cielo Road within walking distance from the Main Terminal and adjacent to the U. S. Customs facility. For more information concerning the Palm Springs USO please visit www.palmspringsuso.com, or call (760) 866-1100.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
There are three ATMs in the terminal. One in the Main Terminal near the security checkpoint entrance, one in the Bono Concourse (Gates 4-11) and one in the Regional Concourse (Gates 12-20).
Credit Card Dispensers
Two credit card dispensers are located in the main terminal before the security checkpoint, in the South and North ticket counter areas.
Palm Springs International Airport offers free wireless internet connectivity throughout all public areas of the terminal. To access, set your SSID to PSPAIRPORT, then launch your browser for further instructions.
Nursing – Lactation Room
A nursing – lactation room is located in the sterile area of the airport, on the way to the Regional Concourse (gates 12 to 20). Click here to see the location of the nursing room.
Playground and Pet Areas
The Palm Springs International Airport offers an open air courtyard beyond the Security Checkpoint in the sterile area. This beautifully landscaped environment offers art, water features, patio seating as well as a playground and pet area.
A second pet area can be found across the street from the Main Terminal entrance.
(Currency exchange service is not available at PSP)
On January 1, 2018, the State of California modified its marijuana laws allowing certain persons the ability to possess marijuana (cannabis) in limited quantities. The Palm Springs Police Department (PSPD) is responsible for enforcing California law and City ordinances at the Palm Springs International Airport.
Under federal marijuana (cannabis) law, any quantity remains illegal. If you are a passenger boarding a flight, please be aware you will pass through security screening operated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), part of the Department of Homeland Security. You are subject to regulations and laws TSA is responsible for enforcing.
We request you do not bring any marijuana or marijuana-based products to the airport. This will ensure you avoid any legal issues or disruptions in your travel plans.
The Palm Springs International Airport has filed a Passenger Facility Charge Application.
Anyone interested may view a copy of this document in the airport’s administrative office, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The following documents are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
Monthly Passenger Activity
Monthly Aircraft Operations
|Aircraft Operations 2020|
|Aircraft Operations 2019|
|Aircraft Operations 2018|
|Aircraft Operations 2017|
|Aircraft Operations 2016|
|Aircraft Operations 2015|
|Aircraft Operations 2014|
|Aircraft Operations 2013|
Schedules are changing regularly due to COVID-19 – Please contact the airlines directly for current schedule information.
Why are there more passengers flying into and out of Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)?
The answer to this question is best illustrated by the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau study about the significant impact of tourism on the economy of the nine-city Coachella Valley. Please click on this link to see this study.
Is it accurate that Palm Springs International Airport is growing and how big will it get?
PSP has grown over the last decade. That growth is best identified in terms of airline passengers flying into and out of the airport. Calendar year 2020 is forecast to be another record year with about 2.5 million passengers serviced through ten airlines. What is important to point out is that although passenger activity is growing, the actual number of aircraft flying in and out of the airport has remained relatively stagnant. This is because the airlines are operating with higher load factors (more passengers per aircraft) and increased aircraft size from the 50-70 seat regional jet to the 130-150 seat medium jets. This results in fewer flights arriving and departing and less impact to surrounding communities. The following data chart illustrates how during the 2013 to 2018 period, the total number of aircraft (airlines + corporate + general aviation + military) trended.
Noise Abatement - Airline Movements and Passengers
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Why is it that we often hear news about the airport expansion?
What has been in the news about PSP are ongoing existing facility improvements, not expansion of the runways for aircraft to land on. There is no need, nor are there plans, to expand the airport’s airfield because its utilization rate is well below capacity. The only components of the airport that have been identified as needing capacity enhancements in the near future are the structures that process passengers, including the main terminal scheduled for a modernization of the ticketing wing in 2020, the construction of a new car rental facility expected to be completed within about four years; the remodeling of the terminal’s baggage claim area in about four years, and some additional gates at the regional concourse for passengers to wait for their flights.
The military fly the noisiest aircraft. Why do they use the airport and can we stop them from using PSP?
We agree that the military flies some aircraft that are very noisy. Military use of PSP is not new. The airport originated from a military airfield. During World War II, the Army constructed the airfield here, and after their use, the City of Palm Springs took possession of the airport in 1961 and converted it into a municipal airport.
Since then, the federal government has provided tens of millions of grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to help construct runways, lighting systems, a control tower, and facilities to tie the airport into the nation’s airport system plan, therefore, there is a standing requirement that the federal government be allowed to use it.
Operating U.S. military aircraft must be allowed at PSP and the military does take advantage of that, as they do at other airports around the country. Not only does the U.S. military use commercial airports around the country, in many instances they have military bases on the airport property. PSP does not have any based military facilities or aircraft, but it does experience military aircraft flying in and out to fuel, rest stop, or make a practice approach.
If you cannot deny the military use of the airport, why can’t you at least tell them when they can operate?
As explained in the previous answer, we cannot prohibit the military from using the airport when they need to. However, we do convey messaging to the military to avoid noise sensitive hours and, overall, we believe they have been responsive to that request by keeping most operations during the daytime.
How do I file a complaint about a specific aircraft noise incident?
The Palm Springs International Airport maintains a noise complaint line, (760) 318-3800 ext. 5276, available to any citizen that wishes to voice a complaint about a specific aircraft noise incident or incidents. This line allows any Coachella Valley resident to leave a recorded message, so please include your name, address, phone number and the date and time of the event so that we can log the information into our data base. If requested, airport operations staff personnel will attempt a return call whenever possible. For those who do place a call to the noise line, please include more detail about the event, if possible, including the type of aircraft, color of aircraft, description or tail number of the aircraft.
There are periodic helicopter flights occurring at different hours of the night. What is the reason for this?
Helicopters are much more versatile than fixed wing aircraft. For this reason, law enforcement, ambulance services, hospitals, utilities, and other types of industries use helicopters for a variety of special purposes. These include police related matters, emergency medical transportation, community health, utility power outages and repairs, and other types of utilitarian activities that can develop at any hour of the day and night and usually do not originate or terminate at PSP.
It is not unusual for PSP to receive calls regarding helicopter noise issues that have been generated by activity not utilizing the airport. We do not control or have influence over helicopter flights that do not involve our airport. We do know, however, that some helicopter operations that are brought to our attention serve the Desert Regional Medical Center as medical evacuation flights. If you have a specific concern about these flights, usually occurring in the Indian Canyon and Tachevah neighborhood corridor, please contact the hospital directly at (760) 323-6524. Thank you.
Helicopter pilots, click on links below for Good Neighbor Information
Military Aviators, click on link below for Good Neighbor Information
Palm Springs International Airport is managed by staff from the City of Palm Springs and is provided advisory direction from the Airport Commission. This nineteen-member body is made up of representatives from cities throughout the Coachella Valley listed below:
City of Palm Springs
Al G. Jones, Chairman – 06-30-2021
Gerald Adams – 06-30-2022 | Patricia Breslin – 06-30-2020 | Todd Burke – 06-30-2022
Jeffrey Clarkson – 06-30-2020 | Kevin J. Corcoran – 06-30-2021 | Aftab Dada – 06-30-2021
David Feltman – 06-30-2022 | Ken Hedrick – 06-30-2020 | M. Guillermo Suero – 06-30-2021
City of Cathedral City: Richard Altman – 06-30-2021
City of Coachella: Bill Pattison – 06-30-2021
City of Desert Hot Springs: Jan Pye – 02-28-2022
City of Indian Wells: Paul Budilo – 06-30-2021
City of Indio: Jhan Schmitz – 03-19-2020
City of La Quinta: Kathleen Hughes – 06-30-2020
City of Palm Desert: Rolph Hoehn – Vice Chairman – 06-30-2021
City of Rancho Mirage: William R. Riesen – 01-31-2021
Riverside County: Peter A. Freymuth – 06-30-2020
The Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m. in the airport conference room located on the mezzanine level of the airport terminal. Meetings are open to the public and parking is validated.
Airport Commission Meetings are broadcast on YouTube and on Channel 17 at the following times:
- Thursday 8:00 a.m.
- Saturday 11:00 a.m.