Ruiz tours airport, learns about plans for $17 million in federal funds

Rep. Raul Ruiz toured Palm Springs International Airport Monday, touting $17.2 million in federal funding earmarked for the facility through a bipartisan infrastructure package and the American Rescue Plan.

  • Harry Barrett, who was promoted to executive director of the airport last week after serving in the role on an interim basis, along with Palm Springs City Councilmember Dennis Woods, served as guides.

By the numbers: The airport is in the midst of a growth spurt, fueled by the popularity of Palm Springs itself. More than 2 million total passengers used PSP in 2021, and records continue to be broken.

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  • Under construction: In the past year, changes to the ticket lobby, baggage system, and passenger boarding bridges were all undertaken.
  • Future plans: During a working session last week, city staff outlined how some of the federal money will be spent. Expect to see a lot of work on the actual airfield, as well as improvements to restrooms and carpeting.
    • “We’re very pleased with the progress we’re seeing at the airport,” said Mayor Lisa Middleton.

Yes, but: Earlier Monday there were reports of a long line that formed due to insufficient staffing at the security checkpoint.

  • “What’s going on @flyPSP?” one passenger asked on Twitter at 6:39 a.m. “Only one TSA security person at Palm Springs airport. Hundreds of people stuck in line waiting. Many missing their flights.”

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