The Myrtle Beach International Airport saw 89,180 passengers in and out of the airport in February, which is an increase of more than 7 percent over the same time last year.
Officials with the Horry County Department of Airports, which operates the airport, said this week that last year’s passenger numbers for February reached 82,987. Of those figures, 45,632 arrived in Myrtle Beach in February 2017 compared to 41,905 during the same period last year.
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“Myrtle Beach International Airport’s February passenger volumes are at the highest-level since
2008,” said Scott Van Moppes, director of airports for Horry County, via a press release. “For the month, American, Delta and Spirit each carried more passengers than last year, while Allegiant activated its flight operations about eight weeks earlier than normal. The increased passenger counts are the result of our airline partners adding capacity into our market, making it easier for people to use our airport.”
Brad Dean, president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are seeing solid growth in sports tourism, meetings and conferences, which is helping to broaden our tourism season and bring more people here during the slower times. As we grow into more of a national destination, we are also becoming less of a seasonal destination with more reasons for visitors to come outside of the traditional summer season.
“This is a good sign not only for tourism businesses but for employees who need higher wages and year-round earnings.”