Starting in April of 2015, visitors from Cleveland, Ohio, will be able to fly to Myrtle Beach in just about two hours.
This past Wednesday, Myrtle Beach International Airport and Spirit Airlines announced that Spirit will offer new, nonstop service from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Myrtle Beach, beginning on April 16, 2015. Tickets were available for purchase starting on Thursday, September 25, 2014.
“Horry County Department of Airports is thrilled with Spirit’s announcement to add daily non-stop air service from Myrtle Beach International Airport to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport” Pat Apone, director of airports, said in a prepared statement. “Spirit is a great airline partner, and this announcement continues to show its commitment to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and the entire Grand Strand.”
New Golf Market Potential
President of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Bill Golden, said Cleveland is a solid golf market for the Grand Strand.
“Cleveland area golfers will now have the opportunity to be on the ground in Myrtle Beach less than two hours after takeoff, spending more time playing golf and enjoying our area,” Golden said in a press release. “With its commitment to providing great fares and service, Spirit Airlines is an invaluable partner to the Myrtle Beach community, and Cleveland golfers will now benefit from that partnership,” Golden said.
In a statement to the Sun News, Brad Dean, president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce remarked,
“The new daily service and additional marketing investment could lead to double-digit increases in travel from Cleveland. Cleveland has ranked high on our wish list for new air service as we have limited penetration but the length of drive restricts our ability to market three- and four-day getaways and golf packages. That will change with daily nonstop service.”
More Cities Added to Routes
Spirit Airlines, based in Miramar Florida, is adding seven other cities to its route plan to and from Cleveland, including Orlando, Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with service beginning as early as January 15th, for some routes.
“Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio have endured high fares long enough,” said Mark Kopczak, Vice President of Network Planning for Spirit Airlines, in a company press release. “Spirit’s super low Bare Fares™, with Frill Control™ allows customers to choose only those extras they want to pay for and gives them the most control over their travel budget. By saving on travel, our customers have more money left over for when they get there.”
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