MYR sees strong numbers despite winter storm last month. Here’s how many came through

An icy winter storm canceled numerous flights at and around Myrtle Beach International Airport when it blew across the Southeast, but MYR still saw an increase in foot traffic compared with the previous January, officials said.

“Despite the impact of Winter Storm Grayson forcing airlines to cancel numerous flights at MYR and around the Southeast, January passenger traffic at the Myrtle Beach International Airport was the strongest since 2011,” Scott Van Moppes, director of airports, in the news release.

Last month, a total of 80,377 passengers came through MYR, which is an increase of about 18 percent compared with January 2017, according to a news release from Kirk Lovell, Director of Air Service and Business Development at Horry County Department of Airports.

“January 2018 passenger counts were good, up 18-percent over last year” said Van Moppes in the news release.

Total passenger traffic last month, which includes both enplanements and deplanements, totaled to 80,377 compared to 68,066 from the previous January, officials said.

“The growth in January was fueled by American’s new nonstop air service from Washington DCA and Dallas-Ft Worth, plus Spirit’s and United’s new service from Newark to the Grand Strand,” said Van Moppes.