Palm Springs Airport to spend $10 million on fully automated explosive detection system

Published 6 February 2006

Desert airport to invest in explosive detection systems

Palm Springs International Airport announced an aggressive $46 million capital improvement project designed to help justify its middle name. Richard Walsh, the city’s aviation director, said the airport wants to grow its international business by building a two-gate, $24.5 million international terminal aimed at capturing some of the charter market. At the same time, he described plans to expand the domestic terminal and ticketing lobby by nearly 40,000 square feet at a projected cost of $11.4 million. An additional $10 million will be needed to install a fully automated explosive detection system in a remote facility to free space for the domestic expansion and reduce baggage screening costs by roughly 50 percent. Walsh’s proposals were approved by the Airport Commission and sent on to the Palm Springs City Council for study.

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