Palm Springs International Airport set its third monthly passenger record for the year, making 2021 its busiest summer on record, officials said today.
The airport handled a total of 117,952 passengers in August, breaking the previous August record of 97,941 passengers set in 2019 of 20.4%, according to airport officials.
The figures for this month of August also beat August 2020 by 223%. The August figures bring the total number of passengers at the airport from June to August to 191,547.
The previous summer record was set in 2019, when the airport handled 153,361 passengers in total.
This surprises airport officials, who predicted passenger numbers would average around 50% of 2019 figures and not fall back to pre-COVID figures until the start of 2023.
"This summer has provided an unexpected boost to the airport," said Harry Barrett, assistant executive director of aviation at PSP. “Along with this record number of passengers came more flights and non-stop routes, which has helped us sustain and ultimately will help us recover from the pandemic faster than we had. planned. ”
The unexpected numbers are due in part to the 20% increase in PSP’s available flights in 2021. The airport had 180,886 departing seats for passengers in 2019, up from 255,739 available seats this year.
PSP’s overall numbers for 2021 are still around 34% behind those for 2019.
The PSP was one of the few places in the country where air service has grown amid the pandemic. Take a look at I-Team investigator Peter Daut’s special investigation into PSP’s growth at the end of last year.