Allegiant Air announced Thursday it will increase its weekly flights between Pittsburgh and Myrtle Beach next summer to meet strong demand.
Flights to Myrtle Beach will increase from three times to five times a week, according to a news release.
“Allegiant is pleased to offer more flights between Pittsburgh and Myrtle Beach, meeting the increasing demand for this beautiful vacation destination. We are confident that our increased low-cost, convenient service will bring more visitors and economic growth to the area,” said Jude Bricker, Allegiant Travel Co.’s senior vice president of planning.
The new flights will bring nearly 10,000 additional visitors each year to the Grand Strand, flying them into Myrtle Beach International Airport, officials said.
Allegiant has steadily increased its service to the Grand Strand in recent years. It has more than doubled the number of destinations it serves from Myrtle Beach in the past two years -- including five new cities this past summer -- and started some of its summer flights earlier in the year.
From April through September, the carrier has brought 79,508 passengers to Myrtle Beach, up from roughly 50,000 in 2014, according to airport statistics. Allegiant doesn’t fly to Myrtle Beach during the off-season.
“Horry County Department of Airports is excited about Allegiant's commitment to the Myrtle Beach, market,” said Kirk Lovell, Myrtle Beach International Airport assistant director of airports. “Allegiant's decision to continue nonstop service and increase frequencies from Pittsburgh International Airport to Myrtle Beach International Airport is fantastic news for people traveling between the communities these airports serve."