New Myrtle Beach air service to start to, from Ohio

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Spirit Airlines announced new nonstop service from John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio to Myrtle Beach International Airport.

The new seasonal nonstop air service will start March 23, 2018, operate four days per week through November 7, 2018.

“With today’s announcement, Spirit will now offer nonstop air service from 19 markets to Myrtle Beach, SC,” said Scott Van Moppes, director of airports for Horry County, on Nov. 8, 2017. “Spirit’s continued growth at the MYR is fantastic news for the flying public, but what is most exciting is how Spirit continues to add capacity during our shoulder seasons. Spirit is MYR’s largest carrier, offering over 775,000 scheduled arriving seats in 2017, and we thank them for their continued commitment to our market.”

Allegiant Airlines already flies to and from Columbus, Ohio, seasonally. But, Allegiant flies out of Rickenbacker International Airport, south of the city limits, at a cost of about $125 roundtrip, according to a cost analysis on its website. This flight will be to John Glenn Columbus, which is east of the city limits, and about a half hour away.

Kirk Lovell, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach airport, said the introduction of nonstop service between CMH and MYR “is a business decision made by Spirit Airlines.” He said the airline also announced that it will offer service to several Florida markets, Las Vegas and New Orleans.

“In regards to Allegiant, in 2017 the carrier increased LCK-MYR seat capacity by 12 percent with the addition of more flights,” Lovell said. “Each airline has a unique business model, developing schedules based on demand trends, aircraft availability, opportunity costs and more. While Allegiant added capacity in 2017 it typically does not offer more than 2-4 flights a week between any market-pair.”

It was unlear how much the new flight from the discount carrier would cost. A spokesman for Spirit Airlines was not available Wednesday.

Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued statement about the announcement: “We are always pleased to see Spirit Airlines increase its service into Myrtle Beach, particularly service that extends to areas with travelers who frequent the region. The more affordable air service we can get out of key markets like Columbus, the greater our growth potential. This move puts us another step closer to achieving our goal to welcome 20 million visitors to the area by 2020. More visitors translates into more jobs and a better economy. We value our partnership with MYR and Spirit to grow our respective market share together.”

Spirit’s new flights are available for purchase now, tickets can be purchased at the counter in the Myrtle Beach International Airport or here.

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