The Palm Springs Valley’s Love Affair with Airplanes

One doesn’t have to have earned his or her golden wings to know that the Palm Springs Valley has had an ongoing love affair with airplanes for years. First of all, my beloved home town of Rancho Mirage is literally mere minutes from the beautiful and über-user-friendly Palm Springs International Airport (PSP), a facility served by many of our great continent’s major airlines, including United, American, Alaska, Air Canada, WestJet, and Virgin America. As we progress further into the season, the number of daily flights landing and taking off will only increase, making it easier than ever for desert aficionados to travel to and from our stunning oasis.

Oh, and perhaps you’ve heard that the biggest, most beautiful metal bird of them all—and I speak of POTUS’s Air Force One, of course—also has an affinity for PSP, having flown in here four times in just over two years to accommodate President Obama’s visits. Thank goodness PSP’s runway is long enough that it could give LAX, ORD, and JFK a run for their money! www.palmspringsca.gov

If you’re a flying fan and would like to see a multitude of aircraft up close and personal, then you want to be in the desert on Thursday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. when—as part of the annual and ever-popular Flying Aviation Expo—dozens of planes from all over the country will taxi under their own power on city streets from PSP to the Palm Springs Convention Center. This “Parade of Planes” will repeat on Thursday, October 17 (starting at 3:00 p.m.), when the jets return to the airport to await departure. www.aopa.org

Last but not certainly not least, it was recently announced that JetBlue Airways will begin season non-stop service to PSP from JFK on January 14, 2016. The new flights—#149 and #150—will operate five times a week until may 1, 2016. To celebrate this new direct route, a $99 one-way seat sale is currently underway. www.jetblue.com
Ah, isn’t it wonderful that our pristine desert air is the wind beneath so many happy hearts’ wings?