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Beginning of 2017 brings more arrivals to Myrtle Beach International. The Airport is slated to receive a 30,000-seat bump in arrival capacity in the beginning part of 2017 as the facility continues to increase its volume. At a marketing and tourism update hosted by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, airport spokesman Kirk Lovell said over 450,000 arrival seats are expected from the start of 2017 to May, a 7-percent increase from that period in 2016. Projections for next year also show an 18-percent increase since 2012 in traffic in that period of the year. Lovell said lower airfares bring more demand to an airport. He also said the airport is trying to align with more carriers that will fly directly and avoid large hubs like Atlanta and Charlotte that usually require travelers to connect to a second flight on their way to Myrtle Beach. “Low fares actually generate travelers and attract new visitors to our marketplace,” he said. While low-budget Spirit Airlines carries about 52 percent of passengers at the airport, Lovell said the fastest growing carrier in Myrtle Beach is United Airlines, which increased its capacity by 62 percent from 2015 to 2016. This year was a year for growth in multiple respects for Myrtle Beach airport, as its management announced new non-stop flights to Akron-Canton and Newark airports, operated by Spirit. Lovell said the airport is expecting more announcements about increased nonstop service in the near future. Read more of this story: MyrtleBeachOnline.com
A 16-spot parking area designated for Uber drivers to wait for pickup requests in the Myrtle Beach International Airport/ Upon entering the staging lot, located in the far corner of the rental car parking lot, drivers are placed in a “first in, first out” system, allowing drivers to get ride requests in the order of arrival. They also must remain online in the Uber app to stay in the queue and display the Uber trade dress on their windshields, according to Uber’s website. Uber drivers parked outside of the airport will not get airport pickup requests. Read more HERE
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December 6, 2016
This year’s holiday travel season officially kicked-off, per U.S. industry trade organization Airlines for America, on Friday, Dec. 16, and continues through Friday, Jan. 6. During this holiday travel season, airlines have scheduled almost 74,000 arriving/departing seats at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Based on airline schedules, the potential busiest holiday travel days at the Myrtle Beach Airport are Dec. 22, Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan 2. On each of the busiest days, scheduled total arriving/departing seat capacity is 3,462. During the holiday travel season, Spirit will offer approximately 49 percent of the airport’s scheduled seat capacity with American Airlines coming in at 3 percent and Delta Air Lines at 19 percent.
2nd Quarter, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation ranked Myrtle Beach International Airport as having the lowest average domestic airfares in South Carolina. In the 2nd quarter of 2016 the average domestic round trip airfare to and from the Myrtle Beach airport was $242.93, down from $255.90 in the same quarter of 2015, according to a press statement released by the airport. In comparison, the average domestic round trip airfare at a national level was $351.57, or $108.64 more than the Myrtle Beach Airport. The average airfare to/from Myrtle Beach International Airport is the lowest in South Carolina.
August 5, 2016
Myrtle Beach (WMBF) - For those who are flying soon and plan to leave their car at the airport, they may notice higher parking rates. Those new rates at Myrtle Beach International Airport were approved by Horry County Council. In actuality, they are part of a much bigger plan. The airport needs to fund construction of a new parking garage to accommodate growing demand. Now, that convenience comes with a higher price tag. Prices in the economy lot will increase from $7 to $9 a day. Long-term parking jumps from $9 to $12 daily, while short-term parking grows from $15 to $21. Travelers will notie that the parking rates have been increased. The first 15 minutes are free, but then it goes up $1 for every 15-minute increment. Airport marketing manager Kirk Lovell said with the increase of availability for flights, more people are booking out of MYR, so it is necessary to have more parking spaces..
June 30, 2016
The plane touched down an hour late, but no one cared. Thousands of Coastal Carolina University fans met the team at the airport late Thursday after the Chanticleers won the College World Series
June 17, 2016
Elite Airways has begun new summer nonstop flights from Myrtle Beach and four other cities. The airline now operates non-stop service between Myrtle Beach and Islip, New York, with continuing service to Portland, Maine. Pat Apone, Director of Airports for Horry County Airports says "Demand from Long Island, NY to the Myrtle Beach, SC market is strong, and we look forward to a successful first season of operations. Fares for an Elite Airline flight include no-fee for your first checked bag, no extra charge fees to re-book a later flight, as well as complimentary snacks and a drink. Headquartered in Portland Maine, the carrier provides services in parts of U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and South America.
Additional Elite Airways flights that began today include: NYC/Newark (EWR) and Bar Harbor (BHB) Thurs/Sun. non-stop
Portland (PWM) and Bar Harbor (BHB) Fri/Sun nonstop
Portland (PWM) and Islip/Long Island (ISP) Fri/Sun nonstop
Islip/Long Island (ISP) and Orlando/Melbourne (MLB) Fri/Sun nonstop
Bar Harbor (BHB) and Vero Beach (VRB) Thu/Sun; one stop (EWR)
Bar Harbor (BHB) and Islip/Long Island (ISP) Sun; one stop (PWM)
Source: WMBF News
March 8, 2016 -Allegiant adds Myrtle Beach flights from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania. New summer routes expected to bring 35,000 visitors to the Grand Strand. The new routes will operate twice a week beginning May 19 from Harrisburg, P.A. June 3 from Toledo, Ohio, June 16 from Stewart, N.Y. The fflights will run until September. Source: Myrtle Beach Online
Canada-based carriers Porter Airlines and WestJet Airlines are resuming seasonal non-stop air service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) in 2016. Porter will begin service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to MYR on Feb. 11 to May 23 up to five times weekly. Daily flights will be available during March break. WestJet's first flights will begin on March 3 twice weekly on Thursday and Sunday. Starting June 16, they will operate three times a week on Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday through the end of October. For more information, visit www.flyporter.com and www.westjet.com
December 24, 2015 - Holiday travelers at South Carolina's International Airport at Myrtle Beach got an unexpected surprise after a wild coyote made its way into a terminal building on Tuesday morning. The 60-pound animal is thought to have entered the airport through an opening where baggage handlers load luggage from the airport tarmac onto the baggage carousels. Airport officials kept their asense of humor about the incident. "It did not get through the security checkpoint, so the TSA is doing a fantastic job of stopping anybody without ID or boarding passes," Airport Spokesman Kirk Lovell. USAToday
November 20, 2015 - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) There is a prim piece of real estate near the Myrtle Beach International Airport that leaders are hoping to lease and expand the industry. This land is part of the Myrtle Beach International Technology and Aerospace Park (ITAP). for a company to set up shop that close to an airport has its obvious perks, including easy access to the airfield and the runway. But there are some very strict FAA regulations with this land. It has to be used for "aeronautical use," according to Kirk Lovell with the MYR International Airport. "That means there has to be a direct benefit of aircraft landing and taking off," says Lovell.
Read more: WMBF
September 24, 2015 - A local Uber driver who spoke pn the promise of anonymit, is a former taxi cab driver himself. He said that because of run-ins with airport security, he no longer picks up or drops off at the airport. He said they are asked to leave by airport security and told they would get a ticket from the police for soliciting. Read the entire story here: WMBF Myrtle Beach News
June 10, 2015 - You're about to see a lot of changes at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. The second floor of the old terminal, also known as Concourse B, has been refurbished and is open. It's a mirror image of the new building only it has more gates to the airport. If you've ever been in the old building, what once was escalators is now is an open space with seating and nearly 80 charging stations for your devices. It's joined by a new restaurant - Pavilion Bar and Grill - and a place to pick up snacks and magazines for your flight. Read the entire story at WMBF local news.
January, 2015 - Spirit Airlines, Myrtle Beach's largest carrier, will outsource its ticket counter staffing beginning this March. The move is not expecterd to increase ticket prices or change the schedule of flights for Spirit, but will impact the 23 employees it will keep on its payroll through March 25. Paul Berry, spokesman for Spirit, said the company will contract with Delta Global Staffing, or DGS, to provide ticket counter staffing. Berry said most of Spirit’s ticket counters across the country are operated throiugh third-party company, and Spirit wanted to bring others iincluding MYR
Source: The Sun News
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