MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Canceled flights due to Hurricane Matthew helped lead to a decrease in the total number of passengers who passed through the Myrtle Beach International Airport in October compared to the corresponding month in 2015.
According to information from the Horry County Department of Airports, a total of 143,242 passengers went through the airport last month, a decrease of 5.7 percent compared to the 151,368 from October 2015.
The figure represents both enplanements and deplanements. The total number arriving on flights, or deplanements, totaled 70,615, down from the 74,934 logged in October 2015.
According to the department, year-to-date, a total of 1,715,572 passengers have passed through the airport. That represents a 5.5 percent increase compared to the same period last year.
"In October, numerous flight operations were canceled as a result of Hurricane Matthew, impacting passenger volumes at the airport," said Scott Van Moppes, interim director of airports for Horry County. "Despite the dip in October passenger counts, this year's passenger levels continue to trend at a record-breaking pace."
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