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Myrtle Beach airport logs another record month

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Myrtle Beach International Airport has logged another record month in passenger numbers.

About 125,416 passengers flew into MYR in July, making it the airport’s busiest July ever and up nearly 10,000 passengers over July 2014, according to airport statistics. The previous July record was in 2011, when 124,762 passengers flew into airport.

The airport also logged its busiest June and May this year as well.

“July passenger traffic was above last year by over 9 percent, and an amazing 33 percent over 2012,” sasid Pat Apone, Horry County’s airports director. “The passenger growth is being fueled by a strong airline industry and more importantly the popularity of the Myrtle Beach market.”

Allegiant Air added several destinations this year, which has led to the increases in passenger numbers this summer. In July, Allegiant brought 25,268 passengers to Myrtle Beach, up from 16,208 in July 2014.

Allegiant added service to five destinations from Myrtle Beach in June: Akron-Canton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Orlando via Orlando Sanford International Airport; Clarksburg, W.Va.; and Pittsburgh via Pittsburgh International Airport.

Spirit Air continues to make up nearly half the overall traffic at the airport, bringing in 59,560 passengers in July, about 3,000 more than July 2014, according to airport numbers.

“Year to date and July passenger volumes over previous years are primarily attributed to Allegiant’s growth at MYR, followed by Spirit,” said Kirk Lovell, assistant director of airports. “MYR’s fastest growing and largest carriers realize the opportunity our market creates. The Myrtle Beach brand is strong and people love to vacation here.”

Through July this year, 555,981 passengers have flown into the Myrtle Beach airport. Officials say the airport is on pace to break the 2011 record when 881,694 passengers flew into the airport.

“If travel continues as MYR experienced for the first seven months of the year, then 2015 should break all previous passenger records,” Lovell said.

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