Travel experts expect season to take off in Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The travel season is expected to take off on Thursday, and experts predict Myrtle Beach will spike in popularity.

In a press release from the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, travel experts from CheapFlights.com are noted as expecting the spike in air travel due to low-cost flights.

"Spirit Airlines actually attributed to 50 percent of the passengers at the airport. Allegiant Air is a smaller percent, but they do represent the bulk of traffic coming to our airport," explained Kirk Lovell, the marketing director with MYR.

The press release states in 2013, the Myrtle Beach area saw a 20 percent increase in travelers looking to visit the destination, according to CheapFlights.com. The site's travel experts believe that growth comes from MYR offering non-stop flights to 25 different cities. Most of them are offered by low-cost carriers Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air.

"Spirit Airlines is actually one of the darlings of the air service right now in terms of profitability and opening up airlines to the masses," noted Lovell.

Proof of the area becoming popular with low-cost carriers can be seen in airlines starting seasonal service even earlier, a reflection of the market demand for flights to MYR.

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