Spirit strike is having lingering effects in MB

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Spirit strike is over and flights are expected to return to normal on Friday, but the strike is having lingering effects because Spirit Air is one of the largest carriers into Myrtle Beach.

Airport spokesperson Lauren Morris says 40,000 people flew out of Myrtle Beach on Spirit in May, which is more than double the amount of United States Airways, the second most popular airline.

Morris says the strike has meant fewer travelers through the airport.

"There's definitely going to be an impact and we certainly hope that if people have vacations planned here, they would choose to take another airline or fly," Morris explained. "The reality is, we probably did see some loss in visitors for the month and with any luck, they'll rebook for later in the summer."

However, if people do drive it won't do much to help Rosemary Godsey, who works at a snack bar in the airport.

"It's certainly hurt the airport traffic, that's for sure," Godsey said.  "It has been very, very slow."

Morris says it is too early for exact numbers on how many visitors the airport lacked in June, but she is hopeful they can continue to make up for the decline in the coming months.

"Hopefully throughout the year we'll see an increase, and we're just glad to get back to business," Morris said.

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