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Allegiant Airlines announces 4 new routes to service MYR

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Allegiant Airlines announced early Tuesday morning that it has plans to start service to four new destinations beginning on May 29.

Those routes are:

1. Cincinnati, Ohio - begins May 30, 2014 with fares as low as $59.

2. Columbus, Ohio - begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $54.

3. Lexington, Ky. - begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $54.

4. Syracuse, N.Y. - begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $64.

"They're strategically selected markets where we know we already have visitors driving from and now visitors will be able to get here much more conveniently," says Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Brad Dean.

The new routes will expand on the four seasonal routes Allegiant currently serves from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR): Allentown/Lehigh Valley, Pa. (ABE), Fort Wayne, In. (FWA), Huntington (Tri-State), WV (HTS), and Youngstown, Ohio (YNG). The carrier's seasonal Myrtle Beach service operates each year from May through mid-August.

Tickets for all routes are now available. Flight days and times and the lowest available fares can be found only at Allegiant.com.  

New flights also mean a 65 percent increase in Allegiant seat capacity from last year. Airport officials say a record number of seats are available for the summer season at MYR.

"Hopefully the passengers follow the seat capacity, and actually for the first two quarters, January through June, our seat capacity is at a record level," says Marketing Manager Kirk Lovell.  "In order to surpass a record number of visitors, which we saw in 2011, we need to fill those seats."

This announcement is in addition to the return of seasonal flights from West Jet and Spirit airlines, both resume services this month which is earlier than last year.

Last year marks a rebound from the previous year with around 833,000 passengers, just shy of 2011 numbers.  The Chamber of Commerce is optimistic that 2014 could be a record-breaking year.

"The only way we'll reach record levels is by bringing in new service from new markets and this is great with an established carrier that's already had success in the Myrtle Beach Area," said Dean.

Airport officials say this announcement means Allegiant Air is doubling the number of places it serves to MYR which means more affordable flights and overall growth to the Myrtle Beach market.

"Ensuring affordable transportation is paramount to attracting new visitors to the Myrtle Beach area and providing easy and quick access to our beach destination," says Dean. "We're very pleased to see Allegiant Air expand non-stop flights to and from the Myrtle Beach area, while continuing to provide our visitors and residents with low-fare options."

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