The new terminal at the Myrtle Beach International Airport opened on April 2, 2013. The 274,000-square-foot terminal cost roughly $118 million to build and area officials expect the renovation to help boost the number of carriers, flights and traffic to MYR in the coming years. (File photo by Matt Slifer)
Carriers at Myrtle Beach International Airport are beginning to ramp up their schedule of seasonal flights earlier this year, a move tourism promoters see as a good sign for tourism in 2014.
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Flights from two cities to Myrtle Beach resume this week as WestJet begins twice weekly service to Toronto, Canada and United resumes service from Newark on Thursday, March 6.
WestJet, a low-cost Canadian carrier returns for its second season with flights to Myrtle Beach, starting about two months earlier than its inaugural campaign in order to catch golfers coming to the beach.
Another airline, Toronto-based Porter Airlines, has also joined the mix this season with its first round of flights from the Canadian capital to Myrtle Beach beginning in February.
Other flights beginning earlier than usual include two routes from Spirit Airlines including service to Philadelphia, which begins on March 20, and Charleston, W.Va., on March 22.
Spirit Airlines, which carries roughly half the passengers at Myrtle Beach International Airport every year, is resuming these flights about two weeks earlier than last year. They have already begun seasonal service from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Detroit, Latrobe, Pa. and Niagara Falls, N.Y. in February.
Also set to resume seasonal flights in the coming months is Allegiant Air, which will begin in May with service to four cities including Fort Wayne, Ind., Youngstown, Ohio, Huntington, W.Va., Allentown/Lehigh, Pa.