Palm Springs International Airport
|Palm Springs International Airport
Palm Springs Army Airfield
|US Geological Survey orthophoto|
|IATA: PSP – ICAO: KPSP – FAA LID: PSP|
|Operator||City of Palm Springs|
|Serves||Palm Springs / Inland Empire|
|Location||Palm Springs, California|
|Elevation AMSL||477 ft / 145.4 m|
Palm Springs International Airport (IATA: PSP, ICAO: KPSP, FAA LID: PSP) is a public airport two miles (3 km) east of Palm Springs, California. The airport covers 940 acres (380 ha) and has two runways. The airport is highly seasonal, with most flights during the winter.
Airlines and destinations 
|Alaska Airlines||San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma
Seasonal: Portland (OR)
|Alaska Airlines operated by Horizon Air||Sacramento, San Jose (CA)|
Seasonal: Bellingham, Oakland
|American Airlines||Dallas/Fort Worth
|Delta Air Lines||Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|Delta Connection operated by SkyWest Airlines||Salt Lake City|
|Frontier Airlines||Seasonal: Denver|
|Sun Country Airlines||Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul|
|United Airlines||Seasonal: Chicago-O’Hare, Denver|
|United Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco
|US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines||Phoenix|
|US Airways Express operated by SkyWest Airlines||Phoenix|
|Virgin America||Seasonal: New York-JFK, San Francisco|
Seasonal: Edmonton, Toronto-Pearson, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Top Destinations 
|1||San Francisco, CA||131,000||Alaska, United, Virgin America|
|4||Phoenix, AZ||94,000||US Airways|
|5||Denver, CO||64,000||United, Frontier|
|6||Los Angeles, CA||50,000||United|
|7||Chicago O’Hare, IL||37,000||American, United|
|8||Salt Lake City, UT||35,000||Delta|
PSP was built as a United States Army Air Corps emergency landing field in 1939 on land owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians due to its clear weather and its proximity to March Field and the Los Angeles area.
In March 1941 the War Department certified improvements to the existing airport in Palm Springs as essential to National Defense. The airport was approved to serve as a staging field by the Air Corps Ferrying Command 21st Ferrying Group in November 1941. Land was acquired to build a major airfield one half miles from the old airfield site. The new airfield, Palm Springs Army Airfield was completed in early 1942, and the old air field was then used only as a backup. (Aerial pic of the old airfield at , looking ENE)
Many of the field's Air Transport Command 560th Army Air Forces Base Unit personnel stayed at the comfortable Lapaz Guest Ranch nearby. Training conducted at the airfield was by the 72d and 73d Ferrying Squadrons in long-distance over-water flying and navigation. Later, training was also provided to pursuit pilot training by IV Fighter Command 459th Base Headquarters and Air Base Squadron. Training was in P-51 Mustangs, P-40 Warhawks and P-38 Lightnings.
On June 1, 1944 training moved to Brownsville Army Airfield, Texas and the airfield was used for Army and Navy transport flights until the end of April 1945. The auxiliary field or backup field was declared surplus on May 12, 1945, and the main airfield was declared excess and transferred to the War Assets Administration for disposal in 1946 and it was sold to private buyers. The City of Palm Springs purchased the land in 1961 and converted it to Palm Springs Municipal Airport.
Western Airlines flights began in 1945-46 and Bonanza Airlines in 1957-58; American appeared in winter 1967-68 and TWA in 1978-79. Scheduled nonstops didn't reach beyond southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix until winter 1969-70 when American started a Chicago nonstop. In the 1970s American started Douglas DC-10 wide body flights, the largest airliner ever scheduled to PSP.
On December 30, 2006 a U.S. Air Force Presidential Boeing VC-25 (the USAF military version of the Boeing 747), departed Palm Springs International Airport with the body of the 38th President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford and delivered to Washington, D.C. for memorial services.
See also 
- List of airports in the Inland Empire Metropolitan Area
- California World War II Army Airfields
- Palm Springs Air Museum – located on the north-east side of the airport (roughly opposite the control tower)
- Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) (22 December 2011). "Palm Springs, CA: Palm Springs International (PSP) Scheduled Services except Freight/Mail". U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT). Retrieved 22 December 2011.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Palm Springs Army Air Field (historical)
- Palm Springs International Airport (official site)
- Signature Flight Support
- (PDF), effective May 2, 2013
- Resources for this airport: