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Myrtle Beach Airport's Busiest Summer Ever Continues

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | September 03, 2015

Myrtle Beach Airport's Busiest Summer Ever Continues

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This past July was the busiest ever for Myrtle Beach International Airport, Myrtle Beach Online reported.

More than 125,000 passengers arrived at the airport in July 2015, a notable increase over the same period in 2014 and up slightly from the previous record from July 2011. Citing airport statistics, Myrtle Beach Online reported the 125,416 figure was up nearly 10,000 passengers from July 2014.

What's more, the airport's historic July comes on the heels of record-breaking May and June passenger traffic.

"July passenger traffic was above last year by over 9 percent, and an amazing 33 percent over 2012," Horry County Airport Director Pat Apone told Myrtle Beach Online. "The passenger growth is being fueled by a strong airline industry and more importantly the popularity of the Myrtle Beach market."

As Apone alluded to, Las Vegas-based carrier Allegiant Air recently added new destinations from Myrtle Beach, including Akron-Canton, Ohio; Indianapolis; Orlando, Florida; Clarksburg, West Virginia and Pittsburgh.

The additions had a notable impact as Allegiant brought 25,268 passengers to Myrtle Beach this past July, up significantly from 16,208 in July 2014.

"Year to date and July passenger volumes over previous years are primarily attributed to Allegiant’s growth at MYR, followed by Spirit [Airlines]," said assistant director of airports Kirk Lovell via Myrtle Beach Online. "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."

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

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