Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Palm Springs Airport: An Enjoyable Layover in the Desert

By Mike Grasso

In the hot and dry desert of the Coachella Valley - 100 miles inland from Los Angeles lies the resort town of Palm Springs. Sure almost 
everyone in the Bay Area has heard of Palm Springs, many have even visited, but how many have traveled through their quaint little 1960s-airport? It's quite a treat! 

Although year-round flights are available from the Bay Area direct to Palm Springs (PSP), the aircraft are generally smaller regional jets, only accommodating up to few dozen passengers. With demand high, airfare sales are few at best. Many choose to fly a more economical route offered by Southwest flying into Ontario, about 45 minutes away. But those passengers are missing out on a charm in the desert! 

Using some creative routing, I had the pleasure of using Palm Springs as my layover point while heading East. While there, I was able to roam the two concourses and enjoy the many airport amenities. Tip: Regardless the airline you are flying on, be sure to pay a visit to the newer Bono concourse - post security, where a large selection of fresh foods, smoothies and iced coffee are available for travelers. 

While at the airport, enjoy the desert heat with plentiful open-air sections to relax on the lawn, at one of the benches, or a sun sheltered table. The airport also features live palm trees, a water feature, and proudly displays the work of Dale Chihuly's glass art. And, don't forget your Wi-Fi device, as complimentary Internet is available to all passengers. Best part of all, the airport is small enough that once you pass security, you are never more than a few minutes from your departure gate. 

Sure flying into Ontario or even Los Angeles may be more economical, but the experience and convenience of flying directly into Palm Springs may be a few extra bucks well spent. 

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