MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Frontier Airlines officials announced Wednesday they are expanding service from Myrtle Beach to three additional cities in the northeast.
According to a press release, point-to-point service from Myrtle Beach International Airport to Buffalo, Providence and Portland, Maine will begin in June.
Service to Providence begins June 10, followed by flights to Buffalo on June 11 and routes to Portland on June 12, according to the release.
Alfredo Gonzalez, a Marketing Representative with Frontier Airlines, said Myrtle Beach continues to be a growing coastal getaway.
Gonzalez said when it comes to expansions, they look at places people want to go. Right now, that’s away from the big cities and to the beach.
“Places that especially today after a pandemic that are away from the big crowds, but offer open spaces, beaches, parks, golf courses... the product that Myrtle Beach is very famous for,” Gonzalez said.
Karen Riordan, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce CEO, added that both locals and residents are sure to benefit from the added routes.
Riordan said it provides a way for more tourists to come to the area, as well as allows for more business travel, such as conventions, sporting competitions and company retreats to be held in Myrtle Beach.
“Having those groups come, those corporate businesses come is great business for our hotels of course, for our city,” Riordan said. “They’re out here working, they’re dining out, they’re shopping so they really boost our economy in addition to our visiting families.”
The expansion brings the number of Frontier routes from MYR to seven. Fares will be offered as low as $39.
The news follows previous announcements made by other airlines about the expansion of service at MYR.
Southwest Airlines officials previously announced it will offer nonstop flights from Myrtle Beach to 10 cities.
Additionally, United Airlines staff announced they are expanding service to Myrtle Beach from three cities in the Midwest.
“Myrtle Beach is really emerging out the COVID-19 pandemic right now as one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S.,” Riordan said.