Air Service Archive
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July 18, 2021: Passenger traffic and flights at Palm Springs International Airport are rebounding to record territory as the June 2021 passenger count of 129,872 surpassed the previous record in 2019 by over 20%. Looking ahead, the number of daily seats in the May – September timeframe is expected to be 50% higher than the same period in 2019.
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June 23, 2021: This summer, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) will see a record number of seats in the market. Compared to 2019, PSP’s 2021 daily seats from May to September have increased 50.5%. Thanks to new service from Southwest Airlines and extending seasonal routes from other carriers, Greater Palm Springs is becoming a more year-round destination for tourism and economic development.
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May 15, 2021: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is currently undergoing a $31 million renovation, including the entire ticket lobby and a new outbound baggage system. The entire project should be complete in August. In addition, the airport is replacing all jet bridges in the Sonny Bono Concourse. New food options beyond the security checkpoint include PSP Coffee House, serving coffee, pastries and sandwiches; The Wine Bar, which is adjacent to PSP Coffee House; and Santa Rosa Kitchen & Spirits, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Opening this October in the Regional Concourse is Bar Fly Palm Springs, serving sandwiches, flatbreads, salads, soups and breakfast.
You can learn more by visiting Palm Springs International Airport’s website via this link.
April 20, 2021: Seattle-based Alaska Airlines believes it will be operating 80% of pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels of capacity by this summer and will achieve 100% of 2019 flying levels by the 2022 summer “at the latest,” according to new CEO Ben Minicucci.
The full article can be found on Routes Online via this link.
April 26, 2021: Although still 46% lower than the pre-pandemic level of March, 2019, passenger traffic at Palm Springs International Airport continues to grow. According to the airport’s latest report, total passengers for March 2021 were 214,477, which is positive growth of 7.9% compared to March, 2020.
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April 19, 2021: April is currently at 59.8% of April 2019 levels. Passengers have started to trend down slightly but still are up 7.6 points versus March. This is typically a moderately off-peak period for airlines until Memorial Day weekend.
You can view the most updated TSA checkpoint travel numbers via this link.
March 28, 2021: While we know that passenger numbers are increasing in the United States every week, Maya Leibman, American Airlines’ Chief Information Officer, has provided optimistic feedback around recent bookings and the fact that as of May, American Airlines will have all of its planes in the air, with no planes grounded.
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March 26, 2021: Southwest continues to add more service to Palm Springs International Airport by adding year-round service to Las Vegas. The initial flights in May will operate four times per week before ramping up in June to once daily.
The official press release from Visit GPS can be found via this link.
March 17, 2021: CNBC is reporting that air travel is picking up as TSA records highest passenger screenings in nearly a year. TSA officers screened the highest number of passengers on a single day since March 15, 2020. Passengers on Friday, March 15 were still 20% lower than the number of passengers on the same day last year, and down nearly 38% from 2019.
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February 4, 2021: Data released by aviation analysis and data business Cirium shows that COVID-19 and its fallout has canceled 21 years of global aviation growth. This year, airlines worldwide operated 49% fewer flights than in 2019, and passenger traffic was down 67% this year. Cirium says just 16.8 million flights operated in 2020, the lowest figure since 1999.
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November 16, 2020: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is an essential and critical economic driver in the Coachella Valley. It is important for Coachella Valley residents to make a commitment to invest in the future of air travel at PSP. Remember, #FlyPSPFirst and show your support for our community and local economy. Click this link for more information and to sign the “FLY PSP FIRST” pledge.
November 16, 2020: Welcome Southwest Airlines! Over a decade of working diligently to attract Southwest Airlines to PSP, the moment finally arrived with their first flight from Phoenix. Additional direct service includes Oakland and Denver with all three providing year-round service to PSP.
November 12, 2020: Palm Springs International Airport is the ONLY major airport in the United States with growing capacity in December. According to DiioMi by Cirium & Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting, seat capacity is forecasted to be up 11% year-over-year for the month of December.
November 11, 2020: A warm welcome to Daniel Meier, Deputy Director of Aviation, Marketing & Air Service for PSP. Daniel has more than 15 years of experience in aviation from loading baggage and working the ticket counter to airport marketing, air service development, and negotiating airport leases and air service incentives. He joined Palm Springs International Airport in October 2020 coming from Allegiant Air as a Manager of Airport Affairs. Before Allegiant, Daniel worked in Marketing and Air Service Development at Tulsa International Airport and he was an Adjunct aviation professor at Oklahoma State University.
Over the peak holiday season, Air Canada is planning to deploy itsJetz A319 all Business Class aircraft on the Vancouver (YVR) to Palm Springs International (PSP) route. The aircraft is configured with 58 seats that usually are utilized to carry sports teams and other VIP charters.
American Airlines has announced it is adding seat capacity December - March for the PHL (Philadelphia)-PSP direct flight by utilizing an Airbus A319. New capacity per flight is 150 seats versus 128 seats.
Starting in January, 2021, Alaska Airlines is adding more daily flights between SEA (Seattle) and PSP. Alaska will now operate 7 daily flights, which is an increase from 4 daily flights during the same period in 2019.
Delta Airlines continues to see strong grown from the Minneapolis – St. Paul area by announcing an aircraft change on the MSP-PSP flight. Starting in January, 2021, Delta will fly a Boeing 737-900 with 180 seats compared to 128 seats in the previous aircraft on this route.