MYR 2013 passenger numbers are high, with optimism for the new y - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

MYR 2013 passenger stats high, with optimism for new year

Posted: Updated:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach International Airport had a huge drop in visitors in 2012 but saw a rebound in 2013.

The year ended with 833,568 passengers, a 12-percent increase from last year, but fell about 48,000 passengers shy of beating record numbers from 2011.

Travelers say the jump in numbers is in part, due to the many positive changes to the airport, including opening the new terminal in April.

Last year, Spirit Airlines, announced the addition of more seasonal flights, including trips to Baltimore and Philadelphia. The airline also added larger aircraft to the market.

As a whole, the airline industry experienced improvements in 2013 by reducing their costs and increasing revenue, which allowed them to add more flights.

"Due to the fact that Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a popular destination and tourism demand remains strong, Myrtle Beach International Airport was the recipient of additional capacity," says MYR Marketing Manager Kirk Lovell. "Because of market popularity, additional seat capacity passenger volumes at Myrtle Beach International Airport increased."

The airport along with Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, say improvement in airport traffic is due to continued marketing to airlines for expanded air service between markets.

They say as long as tourism remains high, we will continue to have flights to and from the market, the chambers goal is 1.5 million new visitors this year.

The Horry County Department of Airports is optimistic for 2014.  Lovell says the return of Canadian airline West Jet, this March, two months earlier than last year, is a step towards breaking records.

MYR officials set four goals in place for 2014: to maintain flights offered, grow with more seat capacity, expand through seasons and attract new carriers to the market.

The airport is served by Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, Porter Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines, US Airways and WestJet offering non-stop service to over 25 cities.

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCAL NEWSMore>>

  • HGTC to hold Engineering Day

    HGTC to hold Engineering Day

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:59:00 GMT
    CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Horry-Georgetown Technical College is scheduled to host an outdoor event for high school students, interested in math and science careers, this month. Engineering Day, an outdoor designMore >>
    Horry-Georgetown Technical College is scheduled to host an outdoor event for high school students, interested in math and science careers, this month. Engineering Day, an outdoor design event, will be held from 8 a.m. until noon on Wednesday, April 23. The event will be held in and around Building 300 on the Conway Campus.More >>
  • Kiehl's to open in Coastal Grand Mall

    Kiehl's to open in Coastal Grand Mall

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:51 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:51:33 GMT
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A cosmetics brand retailer that specializes in making premium skin, hair, and body care products has announced it will join the Myrtle Beach area. Kiehl's Since 1851 will introduceMore >>
    A cosmetics brand retailer that specializes in making premium skin, hair, and body care products has announced it will join the Myrtle Beach area. Kiehl's Since 1851 will introduce its new shop at Dillard's Coastal Grand.More >>
  • A'ja Wilson selects USC: 'There's no place like home'

    A'ja Wilson selects USC: 'There's no place like home'

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:41 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:41:03 GMT
    National High School Player of the Year and Heathwood Hall senior A'ja Wilson has elected to play college basketball with the [team]. The televised announcement came shortly after 3:30 p.m. and ended monthsMore >>
    National High School Player of the Year and Heathwood Hall senior A'ja Wilson has elected to play college basketball with the University of South Carolina.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

918 Frontage Road East
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
(843) 839-9623
news@wmbfnews.com

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WMBF. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.