Christmas and New Year’s Travel Tips from PSP

December 15, 2021

Travelers Encouraged to take Alternate Forms of Transportation to the Airport

Palm Springs, California – Palm Springs International Airport is expecting busy holidays this year.
Thanksgiving passenger counts exceeded 2019 numbers by more than 25%, and the airport parking lots
reached capacity. Airport officials are forecasting Christmas and New Year’s travel to be even busier.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, all parking lots at PSP reached capacity due to the large increase
in departing passengers. The airport is asking Christmas and New Year’s travelers to consider taking
alternate forms of transportation, such as a taxi or Uber/Lyft, to the airport. Those planning to fly from
PSP can monitor the airport’s Facebook and twitter accounts for parking updates by searching for their
handle, @flyPSP, on either platform.

What to do Before you arrive at PSP:

Pack a mask: Per federal law, all travelers are required to wear a face mask in all indoor terminal
areas and on their flight. Passengers without a mask will be denied access beyond the security
TSA’s 3-1-1 Rule: As a temporary exemption from its “3-1-1” rule (no liquids in excess of 3.4 oz.
in carry-on bags), TSA is allowing one oversized liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces
per passenger, in carry-on bags.
Download your airline’s app and check in before leaving for PSP. If you are not checking luggage,
this will allow you to skip the ticket counter. It can also lessen your time at the counter if you do
need to check luggage.
Monitor the status of your flight before you head to PSP, and check the drive time so you arrive in
plenty of time.
Check to view parking and food & beverage options.

When to arrive:
With record-breaking passenger numbers over the past six months, and more flights from Palm
Springs this holiday season, airport officials expect the terminal to be busy with nearly all flights being
full. PSP recommends arriving at least 90 minutes before your departure. This will ensure you have
plenty of time to park, check luggage if needed, and pass through security.

Parking Options:
Palm Springs International Airport will offer two parking options over Christmas and New Year’s.
The traditional parking lot in front of the terminal at $20 per day and a seasonal shuttle service
Holiday/Economy Lot at $18 per day. The Airport’s Holiday/Economy Lot, located on Kirk Douglas Way,
will be available only to travelers parking overnight and paying with a credit card. The Holiday/Economy
Lot and shuttle service will be available starting at 4:15 AM on Tuesday, December 21 until the last
departure each day through Sunday, December 26. Travelers departing on Monday, December 27 or
later must park in the Airport’s primary parking lot located in front of the terminal.
Shuttle service to the Holiday/Economy Lot for travelers returning to PSP will be available starting
at 8:30 AM until the last arrival each day starting Monday, December 27 through Monday, January 3,
Travelers wishing to use the Holiday/Economy Lot can simply follow Holiday/Economy Lot
roadway signage once they are on PSP roadways.



Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is owned and operated by the City of Palm Springs and is the only
commercial service airport in the Coachella Valley. The airport’s 13 air carriers provide nonstop service to 36 airports in
season, 31 in the United States and 5 in Canada, and 15 airports year-round. US nonstop routes include Atlanta,
Austin, Bellingham, Boise, Boston, Chicago Midway, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Love, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des
Moines, Eugene, Everett, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville,
New York City-JFK, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Provo, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, and
Seattle. Canadian nonstop routes include Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. PSP is served by
aha!, Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Flair, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, Swoop, United, and
WestJet. Some airlines and routes operate only on a seasonal basis.
For additional information, please refer to or get social with PSP on Facebook (@flyPSP), Twitter
(@flyPSP), or Instagram (@flyPSP) to stay informed about the airport and the airlines that serve the Coachella Valley.

Palm Springs International Airport
3400 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Ste OFC
Palm Springs, CA 92262