The Palm Springs International Airport continues to soar past previously established records, breaking its fourth passenger record this year, airport officials announced Thursday.
PSP’s Total Passenger Count for September was 136,666, more than 28% higher than the previous September record, set in 2019, when 106,211 total passengers flew through Palm Springs.
PSP officials attribute the continued breaking of records to more year-round flights, more airlines at the airport and decreasing fares. Airport officials cited data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which showed the average one-way fare during the second quarter of 2021 decreased from $210 in 2018 to $149.
“Having more airlines and more nonstop routes at PSP has increased competition, which has helped to lower the average one-way fare from Palm Springs, making it easier for travelers to choose to fly PSP,” said Harry Barrett, assistant executive director of Aviation.
Despite breaking a total of four passenger records this year, PSP officials do not expect 2021 to surpass 2019’s full-year passenger numbers, with 2021’s year-to-date numbers trailing 2019’s by nearly 31%.