The growth in passenger numbers compared to last year continued for a seventh consecutive month in September at Myrtle Beach International Airport.
MYR had its busiest September since 2010, with 75,428 passengers flying into the airport last month, about 4 percent more than September 2013. In September 2010, 82,442 passengers arrived at the airport.
Through September this year, about 716,163 passengers have flown into the airport, up about 6 percent over the same nine months last year.
Officials credit the growth with more capacity coming into the market with new flights, bigger planes and an earlier start this year to some seasonal flights.
For example, Allegiant Air doubled the number of destinations it serves from Myrtle Beach during the summer, with its incoming passenger numbers from May through September jumping to 50,169 this year from 28,384 during the same five month last year, according to airport statistics.
“The passenger volumes at Myrtle Beach International Airport continue to outpace last year’s levels,” Pat Apone, director of airports, said in a news release. “September’s passenger growth can be attributed to several of our airline partners; Spirit brought the majority of passengers to the airport, while Allegiant and US Airways experienced the largest percentage increases over last September.”