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ViaAir's EMB120 takes flight in Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – ViaAir’s inaugural flight landed Friday at Myrtle Beach International Airport. Horry County Department of Airports joined ViaAir representatives for interviews and a tour of the EMB120 aircraft at a meet and greet.

ViaAir is offering a new seasonal flight service from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Myrtle Beach International Airport starting July 31.

“We are very, very excited, we’ve been looking forward to this for months,” said Janelle Davis, ViaAir’s Digital Marketing Specialist. “This flight will allow us to bring more tourism to the area. And it will allow those in Myrtle Beach an easy flight to Charlotte or the opportunity to experience the natural wonder of West Virginia.”

“The airplane we’re using is an EMB120 made in Brazil,” Captain Herman Espinel said. “It carries 30 people and a crew of 3, perfect airplane for these kind of short runs."

The Embraer EMB-120 aircraft is the fastest and most economical aircraft in its class and will provide passengers with generous leg room and a large baggage compartment, according to a release from ViaAir.

The service will run on select dates through August 21 and passengers will also be able to book continuing flights from Charlotte to Beckley, West Virginia if they would like, states the release ViaAir.

Prices for the flights start at $77 for Charlotte and $52 for Beckley.

"I think it's a good thing. It'll make it so we can come here more frequently, visit, go to the beach here more frequently," said Rochelle Legette, who visited Myrtle Beach with her family this week. "I have no complaints about budget airlines."

The following dates are when the flight service will offer departures from the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR):

July 31

August 3

August 7

August 10

August 14

August 17

August 21

“At ViaAir, we still believe that air service is not just a means of transportation,” expressed Irit Vizer, President and COO of ViaAir. “We are offering the Myrtle Beach community the opportunity to experience again the Golden Age of Flight. Our experienced team understands that client satisfaction is critical to the creation of successful flight service.”

Taxi drivers waiting outside MYR Wednesday said they're always happy when airlines choose to add flights to the airport. Charles Reitman, a driver with D&K Transportation, said he often has to wait more than an hour to pick up passengers because they're aren't enough coming in.

"Anybody we can get to come into the airport, that's fine with me," Reitman said. "We need the business. Myrtle Beach needs the revenue." 

 “We pride ourselves at being more than just transportation, as such we always go above and beyond, as proven in our excellent client satisfaction rate,” Vizer stated.

ViaAir is offering promotional fares and reservations can be made at www.FlyViaAir.com or by calling ViaAir’s 24-hour service desk at (304)-986-4000.

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