MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – WestJet will begin flights from Toronto, Canada to Myrtle Beach on Thursday, a Myrtle Beach International Airport official announced.
Beginning May 2, WestJet will commence nonstop air service from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Myrtle Beach International Airport, every Thursday and Sunday through October 2013. The air service will be offered in 136-seat Boeing 737 aircraft.
"The introduction of WestJet at Myrtle Beach International Airport is great news for the traveling public," stated Michael La Pier, Director of Airports at MYR. "WestJet's nonstop service from Toronto to Myrtle Beach should be a popular choice for people visiting our great market and for locals wanting to visit Canada's largest city."
The low cost carrier will fly out of Myrtle Beach twice a week and will offer connections to several Canadian cities.
"97% of their cities can connect through Toronto. So that really opens up the entire county of Canada," said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday's president.
Canadians travelers mean big business for local tourism. On average they tend to stay longer and spend more money. Golden says they're also big golfers.
"They love to play golf. Eighteen percent per capita. That's the most than any other county," added Golden. Canadians also have a very short golf season, so they travel to play. According to Golden, they take more than a million golf vacations a year.
"We think many more now will come given this new air service," said Golden.
The total introductory one-way ticket price for flights from Toronto to Myrtle Beach will be $167.39 Canadian dollars, according to the WestJet news release, or $166.31 in US dollars.
Founded in 1996, WestJet offers scheduled service to 83 destinations in North American, Central American and the Caribbean, the release states.