Palm Springs International Airport Sets Sixth Passenger Record for the Year

December 21, 2021

Palm Springs, California – Palm Springs International Airport continues to break pre-pandemic
passenger records as November set the sixth straight monthly record for the year, and PSP recorded its
busiest single day since the start of the pandemic.
The Total Passenger Count for November was 271,944, a 151.7% increase over November
2020. The previous November record was set in 2018 when the Total Passenger Count was recorded at
245,841. Airport officials did not expect passenger numbers to rebound to pre-pandemic levels until early
2023. However, starting in June the airport set a new passenger record and has continued to do so every
month since. PSP has not only set six monthly passenger records this year, but it is also the only airport
in Southern California to have more flights per month than before the pandemic, according to airline
schedule data provided by Cirium.
“We continue to partner with Visit Greater Palm Springs to work with airlines to expand the flight
options at PSP,” said Harry Barrett, Assistant Executive Director at Palm Springs International Airport.
“We recently added two more airlines, and we have our 13th airline set to join PSP in January. This
growth is adding more competition, which is helping to drive down airfares making it more affordable to fly
to and from Palm Springs.”
Thanksgiving 2021 was busy for the airport too. Departing passenger counts increased more than
25% compared to Thanksgiving 2019, and the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend was the busiest single
day for PSP since the pandemic began. Airport officials expect December to be another strong month
with 99 more scheduled departing flights and 16.4% more departing seats for sale than December 2019.
December 2019 offered 164,990 departing seats compared to 192,550 this month.



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.
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