Palm Springs International Airport is expecting a record number of travelers during this year’s Christmas season.
More than 35,000 people are expected to pass through the airport during the period that begins Dec. 21 and ends the day after Christmas, according to a statement on the city’s website.
Friday will be the busiest day when airport officials are predicting that 8,000 passengers will arrive or depart from Palm Springs International. If that prediction is accurate it will be a record for the airport and top last year’s holiday count by 15 percent.
More than 100 parking spaces have been added to handle the holiday rush, but patrons are still being asked to use alternate methods of transportation, including Uber or Lyft, to get to the airport, said Harry Barret, executive director of aviation.
“We’re planning for a very busy holiday season this year,” Barre said in the statement. “We just had our busiest Thanksgiving, and we’re expecting travel for Christmas and New Year’s to be record-setting, too. We’re asking travelers to plan ahead and arrive early so they don’t miss their flight.”
TSA-Checkpoint wait times are predicted to be longer than 30 minutes during peak times, according to the statement.