City of Palm Springs Launches Airport Master Plan Efforts

Palm Springs, California – The City of Palm Springs is launching a new long-term planning effort for the Palm Springs International Airport (PSP). The Airport Master Plan is a comprehensive look at the entire airport facility and its potential over the next two decades. The plan will build on the current Airport Master Plan, approved in 2015, and consider short-, medium-, and long-term efforts to improve circulation, address constraints, and elevate the customer experience.

The Airport Master Plan is expected to take approximately thirty months to complete. The project will be led by the City’s selected airport planning firm, Mead & Hunt, and will kick off at the Airport Commission Meeting on February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend; meeting details are available here.  

“Public participation is essential to creating an airport master plan that serves the entire community,” said Harry Barrett, Executive Director of Aviation. “Whether attending the airport open houses, commission meetings, or using our digital communications channels, we encourage everyone to tell us how they envision the future of Palm Springs International Airport.”

One immediate focus in the project’s planning efforts will be on the existing airport terminal, exploring opportunities for improving the passenger experience while also preserving the integrity of the original Donald Wexler design. Mead & Hunt is working closely with Gensler, the long-time architecture firm for the Palm Springs International Airport, and the Palm Springs Historic Site Preservation Board and staff to ensure that planned restorations stay true to the historic building while updating the airport facility to current federal, state, and local standards. Other project focuses include an updated passenger demand analysis, a financial implementation analysis, and a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis of the plan’s final list of proposed projects.

The Palm Springs Airport Master Plan process has been designed with transparency in mind, and the airport will regularly provide information about the plan in person at open houses, via updates to the Airport Commission and City Council, as well as through the airport’s website. The planning process is primarily funded through a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration through its Airport Improvement Program.

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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 12 air carriers provide nonstop service to more than 30 airports in season. US nonstop routes include Atlanta, Austin, Bellingham, Bend/Redmond, Boise, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas Love, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Des Moines, Eugene, Everett, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City-JFK, Oakland, Phoenix, Portland, Reno, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, and Seattle. Canadian nonstop routes include Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. PSP is served by Air Canada, Alaska, Allegiant, Avelo, American, Delta, Flair, JetBlue, Southwest, Sun Country, 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 (, Twitter (@flyPSP), or Instagram (@flyPSP) to stay informed about the airport and the airlines that serve the Coachella Valley.

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