Maryland airport wants flights to Myrtle Beach again

dbryant@thesunnews.comMarch 8, 2013 

The Hagerstown, Md., airport wants direct flights to Myrtle Beach again.

Officials at Hagerstown Regional Airport have pitched the idea to Allegiant Air, which serves Hagerstown and Myrtle Beach. Hagerstown lost service to Myrtle Beach when Direct Air abruptly stopped flying a year ago and filed for bankruptcy.

The flights were popular, Hagerstown Airport Director Phil Ridenour said, and he’d like to see that service return.

“When we had Direct Air service, the customers were very excited that we offered the service because it was a direct flight from Hagerstown; our terminal is easily accessible and our parking is free,” he said in an email. “Additionally, the rates were competitive with other airlines departing from a major metropolitan airport.”

Allegiant hasn’t decided whether to start a Myrtle Beach-Hagerstown route, spokeswoman Jessica Wheeler said.

“It is certainly something we will look at,” she said. “We keep an eye on all of our routes.”

Allegiant is scheduled to start its seasonal service in Myrtle Beach on May 3, flying to Allentown, Pa.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Youngstown, Ohio, and Huntington, W.Va.

Ridenour wants to add Hagerstown to that list.

“It is unknown as to whether we will be successful in obtaining the service to and from Myrtle with Allegiant,” he said. “We believe we provided good justification, it is just a matter of Allegiant determining if it will fit into their model at this time.”

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

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