Updated: May 21, 2015
Palm Springs Airport - PSP:Palm Springs International Airport is not that big and only handles a small amount of daily air traffic compared to other airports in Southern California. I have been going to the BNP Paribas tennis tournament in Indian Wells for years and finally decided to fly into PSP (that's the airport code for Palm Springs) instead of doing our usual flight into Ontario airport near Riverside. From Portland, Oregon the flight is not that long at all - roughly 2 hours. Flights are limited into the airport as only a select few airlines actually fly into Palm Springs. Arrivals include those on United Express, Delta Connection, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, US Airways, and WestJet. The terminal is small and easy to navigate with minimal gates to deal with. Security was a breeze in March 2010 for us as very few passengers fly into or out of the Palm Springs airport daily. You can get flights coming into Palm Springs from Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Calgary, Phoenix, and a few others. The airport main homepage can be found online at http://www.palmsprings-ca.gov/index.aspx?page=270.
Palm Springs Airport Map - Get Directions:You can see the Palm Springs Airport map down below with a decent layout of the terminal, parking, the surrounding roads and more. The airport is easy to find if you are in the Palm Springs area or surrounding cities like Rancho Mirage, Cathedral City, or Palm Desert. It's located just off the Hwy 111. You can get directions online here
I found that the convenience of flying into Palm Springs outweighed the extra fees for the flight as compared to flying into Ontario (ONT airport code). Our flight would normally have cost about $220 to fly from PDX into Ontario on Southwest airlines, then we would have had to drive the extra 1 hour + in a rental car out to Palm Desert. We paid roughly $300 for airfare and saved ourselves the hassles of driving the extra distance.