Passenger numbers were up 6.5% over last July at the Myrtle Beach International Airport[/caption]Good news for Myrtle Beach tourism this week. The number of passengers arriving into the Myrtle Beach International airport in July, was up more than 6.5 percent over 2013.
On Wednesday, the Horry County Department of Airports released figures for last month, showing that 114,671 passengers flew into Myrtle Beach which was an increase of more than 7,000 passengers over last July.
Officials believe that increases in flights on airlines such as Allegiant, which has established a temporary hub at the airport this season, is one reason that the numbers are up.
Allegiant has added service to four cities form the Myrtle Beach International airport, which include Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Syracuse, NY; and Lexington, KY. The increase in passenger loads from these cities, along with more passengers on United and Delta, has helped to bump up arrivals into Myrtle Beach.
“The volumes of passengers our partner airlines are carrying is fantastic; and we remain optimistic that the volume of people using the airport will continue to trend forward through the remainder of the 2014 season,” airports director Pat Apone said in a press release.
The Myrtle Beach International airport is currently undergoing upgrades to stay on top of higher demand. In April 2013, a $118 million dollar terminal opened, and new parking was added in early summer. Later this year improvements will be made to the runway as well. Airport officials say that two gates may be opened at the old terminal and the façade may get a facelift before the 2015 summer tourist season.
Myrtle Beach was also recently named by Flipkey.com as its top pick for fall vacation destinations, an additional piece of good news for Myrtle Beach tourism.
“Myrtle Beach is our No. 1 pick for shoulder season travel this fall, where you’re still looking at temperatures in the low 80s during September, which is plenty warm for sun, sand and beach activities,” Eric Horndahl, FlipKey’s marketing vice president, said in a news release.
As those who visit the Grand Strand regularly already know, Myrtle Beach is a great vacation destination..no matter the season!
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