Palm Springs International Airport breaks passenger record in July
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) set a new passenger record for the month of July.
PSP reported 129,463 in July. Airport officials said it was a 32% increase from the previous record, which was set in July 2019, when 97,834 passengers used the airport.
The pandemic has caused big problems for the travel industry throughout 2020. The pandemic and reluctance in travel can be seen by the giant leap in passenger numbers at PSP from 2020 to 2021. According to officials of PSP, the number of passengers in July 2021 is up 283% compared to July 2020.
This is even taking into account that PSP was one of the few places in the country where air service developed, as I-Team investigator Peter Daut learned in his special report in December.
Despite the large increase in passenger numbers over the past year, PSP reports that passenger numbers for 2021 are still 37% behind in 2019.
PSP officials said the airport was starting to return to pre-pandemic levels in May, however, it actually exceeded pre-pandemic numbers throughout the summer.,
“This summer has been one of the busiest we have ever had at the airport, and we expect this rebound to continue with more flights available and ten new routes starting this fall,” said Palm Springs Mayor Christy Holstege. “With the completion of the ticket hall renovations and the installation of a new baggage system, we are improving the airport user experience and meeting future demand. “
With more passengers arriving at PSP and more routes due to be added in the fall, the airport has undergone some changes and improvements for a better experience. On Monday, city and airport officials celebrated the renovation and expansion of its ticket hall and the installation of a new baggage system.
The $ 36 million project began in February 2020.
The renovation and expansion of the ticket hall of the project has reconfigured airline offices, allowing passenger traffic areas to almost double in size, improve accessibility for passengers with disabilities and add additional counters.
The second part of the project reconfigured and replaced the airport’s aging baggage system which tended to fail. The new baggage system ensures that the airport can process the growing number of checked baggage efficiently and quickly and improves the reliability of the system as a whole.
“The increased handling capacity and reliability of the new bag system will help prevent improperly handled baggage and reduce the chance of a bag missing a theft,” said Arron Brown, deputy city manager. “This project was important to the City of Palm Springs, not only for its improved traveler experience, but also because of the need to accommodate the growth of the Palm Springs International Airport. ”
Another ongoing project is the replacement of all passenger boarding bridges at the airport. The $ 7 million project started in June and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
For a full list of airlines and destinations available on PSP, visit: https://palmspringsairport.com/airlines-and-destinations/