PSP Offers Travel Tips For Spring Break

As spring break approaches, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is gearing up for a significant increase in passengers.


PSP advises all travelers to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours prior to their departure time to ensure a stress-free start to their vacation.

Top Tips for Smooth Spring Break Travel:

1. Early Arrival: All passengers should arrive to PSP at least 2 hours before their flight’s departure time, regardless of whether they are checking baggage, carrying on, or using
expedited services like CLEAR or TSA PreCheck. This leaves plenty of time to check bags, get through security, and arrive at the gate comfortably.

2. Peak Periods: The busiest times at PSP are expected to be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Anticipate potential security wait times of more than 30 minutes during this peak period.

3. Parking Options: High demand for parking is anticipated. The main parking lots are available at $20 per day, while the overflow lot on Kirk Douglas Way is priced at $18 per day
for travelers using credit cards. The overflow lot will open as necessary, and a short, free shuttle service to and from the terminal will become available. Signs along airport roadways
will guide travelers to the overflow lot. See a parking map here.

4. Consider Alternative Transport: Ride-sharing services, taxis, or public transportation offer convenient ways to reach the airport. This can also save time and reduce parking demand.

5. Real-Time Updates: Stay informed on parking, security wait times, flight status, and more by visiting before your trip.

6. Dining and Shopping: Ongoing construction continues to affect some food and retail options at PSP during our comprehensive concessions refresh. See what’s open here.
Passengers are encouraged to plan ahead for dining options, with grab-and-go choices readily available for convenience.


7. TSA Compliance: Familiarize yourself with TSA guidelines, including the 3-1-1 Rule for carry-on liquids, gels, and aerosols.   Liquids must be in a bottle of no more than 3.4 ounces, all bottles must fit in one quart size zip top plastic bag.

Palm Springs International Airport is dedicated to ensuring a pleasant and efficient travel experience during the busy spring break period. For further assistance and updates, remember to


Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) served more than 3 million passengers in 2023 and is owned and operated by the City of Palm Springs. It is the only commercial service airport in the Coachella Valley, the
closest airport to Joshua Tree National Park, and hosts 12 airlines providing nonstop service to 30 airports in season with one-stop connections to more than 300 global cities. 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 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.


Palm Springs International Airport, travelers resting on the lawn.

Photo from Palm Springs International Airport March 2024