Myrtle Beach airport not expecting major changes as a result of US Airways-American merger

dbryant@thesunnews.comFebruary 14, 2013 

The US Airways-American merger announced Thursday isn’t expected to have much of an affect on Myrtle Beach International Airport, its spokesman said.

US Airways flies to Myrtle Beach, while American doesn’t. So there wouldn’t be any overlap here to potentially trim when the two come together, said Kirk Lovell, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach airport.

“I really don’t see it impacting us at all,” he said.

US Airways is the second busiest carrier at the Myrtle Beach airport, behind Spirit Airlines. US Airways carried 187,810 passengers out of Myrtle Beach last year, according to airport statistics.

Earlier this month, US Airways started flying daily to Washington Reagan, expanding on its weekend-only service there. It will increase its service to Philadelphia starting in March.

Lovell said the merger won’t affect those new routes. Even as the two airlines start to combine systems in the coming months, Lovell doesn’t anticipate changes in service to Myrtle Beach.

Contact DAWN BRYANT at 626-0296 or at dbryant@thesunnews.com or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_dawnbryant.

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