MYR sees record breaking August

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach International Airport has recorded the busiest August to date, after welcoming more than 112,000 customers in one month amidst a busy summer season.

Seasonal carriers American Eagle and Allegiant Air helped to add to the record numbers.

"Allegiant added flights. Spirit added flights and service," Lauren Morris, spokeswoman for Myrtle Beach International, said. "A lot of them were low cost carriers, so that does make an impact."

Whether it was the expansion of routes or the lure of a good ticket price, officials with Myrtle Beach International said approximately 112,584 travelers passed through the facility in August. The August numbers break a previous record of 111,046 passengers set in July.

A further breakdown of official numbers reveals the Grand Strand's largest air carrier - Spirit Airlines - brought 43,561 jetsetters to the area. US Airways, the airport's second largest carrier, brought in 21,850 people.

The motivating news for Myrtle Beach International comes as construction crews continue to move forward with a multi-million dollar passenger terminal project. The project, according to officials, is expected to expand the number of gates at the airport from seven to twelve.

The expansion, according to early projections, is expected to pump $300 million into the Grand Strand economy. Officials expect the project to be complete in 36 months.

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