Palm Springs International Airport, formerly Palm Springs Municipal Airport, is a public airport two miles east of downtown Palm Springs, California. The airport covers 940 acres and has two runways. The airport is highly seasonal, with most flights operating during the winter.
The airport was named one of “America’s Most Stress-Free Airports” by Smarter Travel.
The main building is the land side of the airport. Road traffic accesses the airport directly off of Tahquitz Canyon Way (from downtown) or Kirk Douglas Way, itself fed by Ramon Road from points east. Uncovered parking areas are directly in front of the building. The center section houses the security screening area and automatic doors to/from the open-air walkways airside. Ticketing is on the right (south) wing, while baggage claim and car rental counters are on the left (north).
Departing passengers are routed first to airline ticket counters or kiosks for checking in. Since all gates at Palm Springs are in the two outlying concourses, passengers must pass through the security screening area for admittance into the secure air side of the airport. After leaving the main building via the automatic doors leading out to the open-air courtyard, passengers can access seventeen full-service gates at the two concourses.
The Sonny Bono Concourse, with Bono’s bust to the right of the escalator.