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NEW! 12/14/17 Spirit Airlines announces non-stop air service from Minneapolis-St Paul, MN (MSP), making it easy to visit Myrtle Beach. Air service commences April 12, 2018.
NEW! 11/1/17 American Airlines is planning to expand operations at Washington’s Reagan National Airport (DCA) with three new American Eagle routes. Republic Airlines will add daily DCA – Little Rock E175 jet service on April 3, 2018 per airline route, Additionally PSA Airlines will add the DCA – Montgomery (CRJ200) route on June 7, 2018 and daily DCA – Tallahassee (CRJ900) service on February 15, 2018. AA is also converting weekend service from DCA to both Destin/Fort Walton Beach and Myrtle Beach MYR offering daily serevice for the 2018 season.
10/12/17 The Myrtle Beach International Airport is planning to dangle several financial incentives to expand the Grand Strand tourism market to snowbirds as far west as Denver and as far north as Albany, New York. The list of other nre target markets includes Houston, Texas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Peoria or Bloomington, Illinois; South Bend, Indiana; Islip, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia; Flint, Michigan; White Planes, N.Y.; Trenton, New Jersey; Knoxville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Rockford, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Providence, Rhode Island. The expansion plans come on the heels of the airport's September report that shows passenger numbers increased nearly five percent over September 2016 numbers. Despite the impact of Hurricane Irma on airports up and down the East Coast, this year was the busiest on record for the Myrtle Beach airport, said Scott Van Moppes, Horry County Director of Airports. So far this year, more than 912,000 passengers have traveled through the airport. Last year's total number was 972,000, said Kirk Lovell, director of air service. Read more here: MyrtleBeachOnline.com
9/13/17 Plane fighting Irma’s hurricane winds, aborting landing at Myrtle Beach airport. Video shows an Allegiant Air flight battling winds from tropical storm Irma as it attempts to land at Myrtle Beach International Airport on Monday. Incredible video of a plane as it battles crosswinds at Myrtle Beach International airport.
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Oct, 12, 2017
Myrtle Beach airport eyes 19 new direct-flight destinations! The Myrtle Beach International Airport is planning to dangle several financial incentives to expand the Grand Strnd tourism market to snowbirds as far west as Denver and as far north as Albany, New York. The list of other target markets includes Houston, TX; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Peoria or Bloomington, Illinois; South Bend, Indiana; Islip, New York; Nashville, Tennessee; Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia; Flint, Michigan; White Plains, New York; Trenton, New Jersy; Knoxville, Tennessee; Kansas City, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; Rockford, Illinois; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Providence, Rhode Island. The expansion plans come on the heels of the airport's September report that shows passengers have increased 5 % over Sept. 2016 numbers. Learn more here
June 13, 2017
Airport officials say Myrtle Beach is among the fastest-growing airports in the nation; that’s a why a million dollar facelift could be coming to the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Tourism continues to rise in Myrtle Beach, which means more people flying to and from MYR. To be exact, there are about 2 million people going in and out of the airport annually. The Master Plan which is also required by the FAA, is to try to keep up with the semanding pace over the next 20 years. Read the rest from WMBF News
Feb. 28, 2017
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Allegiant Air announced Tuesday it will begin low-fare, nonstop service to Myrtle Beach Airport from Huntington, WV, and Allentown, PAAccording to a apress release, service from Huntington, WV will begin April 30, and Allentown, PA will begin May 3. The company says it will celebrate the service with fares starting at $39. each way.
Feb. 24, 2017
MYR sees highest passenger volume in four years – The Horry County Department of Airports released statistics for Myrtle Beach International Airport for the month of January. According to a news release, 68,066 passengers passed through MYR in January, up 4.6 percent from 65,078 January 2016. The number of people getting off planes totaled 33, 858 compared to 32,140 in 2016.
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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 arrival capacity in the beginningof 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 expecte4d 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 . Lovell said lower fares bering 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 2nd flight 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% 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 was a year of growth for the 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 non-stop service in tghe 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 airport, 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 must also remain online in the Uber app to stay in the queue and display the Uber trade address on their windshields, according to Uber's website.Uber drivers parked outside the airport will not get airport pickups 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 Fri. Dec. 16 and continues through Friday, Jan. 6. During this travel season airlines have scheduled almost 74,000 arriving/departing seats at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Based on airline schedules, the most busy travel holidays 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% and Delta at 19%
2nd Quarter, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Transportation ranked Myrtle Beach International Airport as having the lowest domestic fares in S.C. In the 2nd quarter of 2016 the average domestic roundtrip air fare 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 averafe domestic cround trip airfare at a national level was $351.57, or $108.64 more than the Myrtle Beach Airport. The average fare to/from MyrtleBeach International Airport is the lowqest in S.C.
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 notice that the parking rates have 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 youched down at a late hour, but no one seemeed to care. Thousands of Coastal Carolina Universirty fans met the team at the airport late Thursday after the Chanticleers won the College Workd Series, Source: myhorrynews.com
June 17, 2016
Elite Airways has begun new summer non-stop 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 service in parts of the 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 non-stop
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.; 1 stop (PWM)
Source: WMBF News
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