Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is starting two construction projects to enhance the travel experience for passengers.
One project, which has already started, will renovate the gate hold rooms in the Sonny Bono Concourse by replacing flooring, improving lighting, and repositioning passenger service desks to increase the amount of open space. PSP officials estimate it will be finished early next year, and the concourse will remain open throughout the process.
The second project, set to begin next month, will double the number of dining options at the airport and renovate the three existing restaurants.
Local Palm Springs favorites, Trio and El Mirasol, will join the airport along with Coachella Valley Coffee and Joshua Tree Coffee Co. A new circular bar named Cactus to clouds will replace the fountain area in the concourse. There will also be two new pre-security food and retail options. The first restaurant to start renovation will be the Buzz by Bar Fly, located near Gate 20.
To minimize disruptions, there will be temporary shopping and dining kiosks to ensure passengers still have options when the airport facilities are undergoing construction.
Shopping will also get a revamp, with InMotion travel electronics store replacing Desert Mart, Hey Joshua replacing the Desert News store, and Uptown Essentials replacing the CNBC store located near Gate 12.
Harry Barrett, Executive Director of Aviation, assured passengers that PSP will maintain “the highest standards” throughout the improvements.
“We recognize that these construction projects may cause some inconveniences for our passengers, and we want to assure everyone that every effort will be made to minimize any disruptions,” Barrett said.