Spirit begins service to Atlanta from Myrtle Beach

By Mark Meredith - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Passengers trying to get to Atlanta can now choose between two airlines for non-stop service to the aviation gateway.

On Saturday, Spirit Airlines began it's once-daily non-stop service using an Airbus A319 aircraft.

"We're seeing customers coming in from Wilmington, Charleston, perhaps even Florence," said Michael Penland, general manager of Spirit Air in Myrtle Beach.

Atlanta-based Delta Airlines has offered service to Myrtle Beach for several years; Spirit will only have one flight compared to Delta's daily service of five.

"If they keep the price low, Spirit will succeed," said Ernest Toelken, the first passenger to check-in for Saturday's Spirit Atlanta flight.

Toelken, a former employee of Pan Am, said that if Delta matches the fairs being offered by Spirit, the competition could get ugly.

"If Delta matches their prices than there is going to be trouble," said Toelken.

On Friday, Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air began service to both Fort Wayne and Grand Rapids. Earlier this year, American Airlines began service through their commuter airline to Dallas.

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