MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Spirit Airlines announced Tuesday morning that daily nonstop seasonal service will begin to two new locations.
The announcement at Myrtle Beach International Airport stated that on April 25, 2013, daily service will begin from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Airport (BWI) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Myrtle Beach International Airport.
"We're excited to even further expand our network of destinations to and from Myrtle Beach. Spirit carries more visitors to Myrtle Beach than any other airline, operating exclusively with large Airbus A319 and A320 jets with 145 – 178 seats each," said Mark Kopczak, Spirit's Senior Director of Network Planning. "We're looking forward to giving even more customers the opportunity to save money on travel. Our ultra low fares and optional add-ons provide customers a total price that's tough to beat."
The newly added flights will fly round trip to each airport once per day. The flights are seasonal and expected to be available April-November.
Some travelers had concerns Tuesday after the announcement was made. Last year Vision Airlines made a similar announcement. It added new seasonal flights to several US cities and then throughout the summer, discontinued service to many of those destinations. Director of Airports, Mike LaPier, said Spirit Airlines is a different situation than the situation with Vision Airlines was last summer.
"People didn't know much about Vision Airlines and [secondly] they started very late in the season. If you recall, they didn't start till almost June 1st and by that time most people that are coming here for the summer have already made their reservations," LaPier said.
LaPier said he wasn't sure if Vision Airlines had plans to come back to MYR for the 2013 summer season. On Tuesday, there was no sign of an "Vision Airlines" signage in the airport.
Last summer Vision Airlines had issues with not being able to fill its flights. Kopczak said if that happens with the new Spirit Airlines flights, a solution has already been predetermined.
"As we see how the trends shape up, we can tweak them without having to cut flights. We can just make it a bigger plane or a smaller plane. It allows us a lot more flexibility to better serve the market," Kopczak said.