Palms Springs Airport Among Top 10 for Travelers

SmarterTravel.com recently included the Palm Springs International Airport among its list of top 10 stress-free airports. The airport was chosen because it offered a laid-back atmosphere, amenities tailored to meet the needs of travelers and a host of fun diversions.

Among the features contributing to a stress-free environment at Palm Springs International Airport are an outdoor courtyard flush with patio seating, play spaces reserved for children and pets and a bar stocked with a delicious selection of wine. Glass artwork by noted artist Dale Chihuly adds a touch of class and elegance to the welcoming environment the airport creates.

Palm Springs International Airport is used by more than 1.5 million travelers each year. The airport covers 940 acres and features two runways. Flights in and out of the airport are seasonal by nature. Peak time for most air travel is during the winter months.

The U.S. Army originally built an airfield in 1939 on the land where Palm Springs International Airport is now located. In 1961, the city of Palm Springs purchased the airfield from the army to use it for commercial purposes. The city converted it into an airport and the Palm Springs Municipal Airport opened in 1964.

Since upgrading to an international airport, the Palm Springs International Airport services flights throughout the Inland Empire region of California. Major and regional carriers like United, American, Skywest and Alaska Airlines service the airport either on a seasonal basis or year round. Travelers can get daily flights to Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Sacramento, Seattle/Tacoma, Dallas/Fort Worth, Phoenix, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Calgary.