Allegiant Air started new nonstop seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach from Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, with seasonal flights to two more new destinations scheduled to start next month.
“Allegiant is very excited to launch this new route giving Harrisburg-area residents a convenient and affordable way to visit one of the top destination spots this summer season,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant chief operating officer. “We look forward to bringing more travelers and economic growth to the Grand Strand.”
The new flights are expected to bring more than 12,000 additional visitors a year to the Grand Strand, officials said.
Harrisburg is one of three new destinations Allegiant will serve from Myrtle Beach this summer. Flights to Toledo, Ohio are scheduled to start June 3, and flights to Stewart, N.Y., are scheduled to start June 16. The seasonal flights will run into September.
Allegiant has been steadily adding destinations from Myrtle Beach in recent years and now serves 15 markets from Myrtle Beach International Airport.
Tourism officials have said that adding air service is a key to growing the Grand Strand’s tourism industry. Allegiant has added destinations and started some seasonal flights to Myrtle Beach earlier than usual in recent years.
Last year, Allegiant brought nearly 80,000 passengers to Myrtle Beach, up from roughly 50,000 in 2014, according to airport statistics.