Palm Springs Airport (PSP)
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Palm Springs Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Palm Springs is a very seasonal airport and many flights only operate in the winter.
  • The land on which Palm Springs Airport was built originally belonged to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.
  • The first airfield was actually built for the United States Army Air Forces in 1939.
  • When 38th President Gerald Ford died his body was flown from Palm Springs Airport in Air Force One.

Palm Springs Airport Mini Guide

What is Special About Palm Springs?
Palm Springs is a desert city in California, over a hundred miles inland from Los Angeles. It first attracted attention as a Native American settlement founded because of the natural springs in the area. It’s said that the name comes from the finding of an outlet of the spring between clumps of palm trees. The unique location in the desert, but with a source of water, drew architects in the 50s who designed fabulous homes which became retreats for the rich and famous of Hollywood. Today, the city attracts retirees from across the states and whereas in the past Palm Springs was a seasonal city it is vibrant now all year round.

How do I get to Palm Springs?
The popularity of the area led to the construction of Palm Springs Airport which takes flights from across the US and Canada. No flights arrive from outside of North America so European travellers must fly into Washington, Chicago or Denver to catch a connecting flight. It’s only two miles from the airport to the city centre and the journey can be made by taxi, rental car, bus or shuttle.

What is the Airport Like?
It’s an attractive little airport whose sandstone construction blends in with the scenery. Sail style roof panels add to its feel of a true desert building resembling nomad’s tents. The airport is set out with two concourse branches leading to a spoked gate arrangement. The northern concourse deals with international flights whilst the eastern concourse handles domestic flights.

What Will the Airport Offer When I Land?
After moving into the concourses by jet bridge, you’ll have a short trip down through security if on an international flight or straight through to the upper level of the airport if on a domestic route. From there you’ll need to ascertain your luggage reclaim belt number and go down to the lower level to collect it. Once in the arrivals hall you’ll see it is compact but has many facilities you might need. There’s an information desk should you need help or want to know about your transport options and ATMs if cash is required before you continue your journey. The car rental companies are easily located by their illuminated signs and you’ll find that by pre-booking you’ll save a lot of time at the desks. Public transport is accessed directly outside the terminal doors for the short journey into the city.

What can I do at the Airport on the day I Leave?
There’s enough to keep you occupied whilst you wait for your flight but the options aren’t extensive. First, hand over your luggage and grab your tickets then you can choose a nice meal from a variety of restaurants and cafes. Full meals or light snacks are available depending on how hungry you are! The shops at Palm Springs include a golf accessories outlet, a gift shop, women’s fashions and a general travel shop. Palm Springs also offers its customers free access to its airport Wi-Fi system.

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Palm Springs Airport (PSP) is an international facility serving the south California area of Palm Springs. As a luxurious area that attracts the rich and famous, we get many tourists there who want car hire in Palm Springs Airport for their holidays. Therefore you should book early.

The airport also benefits from an ideal location near to the central business district of Palm Springs, and that makes it convenient for those travelling on business. Palm Springs was a municipal airport when commercial flights started in 1965. Currently the only international flights offered are seasonal services to Canada with Westjet.

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