Palm Springs Passenger Traffic Keeps Improving


Palm Springs Airport Passenger Traffic Keeps Improving;
Rebound Expected to Continue Through End of Year
Palm Springs, California – Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) continues to see passenger traffic
rebounding as more travelers return to the skies. April 2021 was the best month for passenger numbers
at PSP since the pandemic started, and May is looking to follow suit with several days coming in at more
than 100% of same day 2019 numbers.
“We’re seeing consistent month-over-month improvement in our passenger numbers”, said Daniel
Meier, Deputy Director of Aviation, Marketing & Air Service, “So far, our daily passenger numbers this
month have been at 88% or higher of same day 2019 numbers, with many days in the 90s and some
exceeding 100%.”
PSP expects the passenger recovery to continue due to more year-round flights. Southwest
launched daily service to Las Vegas this month and Delta Air Lines is expanding their Seattle service to
year-round. Delta’s Seattle route is currently operating from Palm Springs, but it previously operated on a
seasonal basis during the Coachella Valley’s primary tourist season. Delta will now operate one daily
round trip flight to Seattle on a year-round basis from Palm Springs.
Summer flight options at Palm Springs are projected to be up compared to 2019. The addition of
Southwest Airlines year-round service to Denver, Las Vegas, Oakland, and Phoenix combined with
growth from Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines will provide nearly 100 additional flights from Palm
Springs in June 2021 compared to June 2019. In July, Palm Springs will have more than 150 additional
flights compared to July 2019, an increase of 25%. Alaska Airlines has increased its service to Seattle
this June by more than 100% compared to June 2019, and Delta Air Lines is adding another daily flight to
its Salt Lake City hub providing Palm Springs with three daily flights compared to twice daily in summer
“Having more year-round service in Palm Springs is a goal our community has consistently been
working toward,” said Executive Director of Aviation, Ulises Aguirre. “We’re grateful for the airlines’
continued investment. With so many additional flights, there’s never been a better time to fly from Palm
Fall 2021 is looking up for Palm Springs International Airport as well. Alaska Airlines is set to
debut new service to San Jose, which was originally planned for 2020 but delayed due to COVID-19, and
will return their new Reno service, which launched in November 2020 and then was suspended due to
COVID-19. JetBlue will also launch new non-stop service from Palm Sprints to Fort Lauderdale this fall,
which was originally planned for a fall 2020 start but was also delayed due to COVID-19.
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