MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) – Southwest Airlines announced Monday they will be adding flights to three new airports, including Myrtle Beach International Airport.
“We’re looking to start Myrtle Beach service in time for summer vacations and we expect our arrival to appeal to travelers who currently drive to this very popular coastal area in the Southeast,” said Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly.
“‘Golf bags fly free’ should be very popular for Myrtle Beach service.”
“We are so excited to welcome Southwest Airlines to Myrtle Beach. Southwest has an extensive network which opens up new markets for our visitors and our residents” said Scott Van Moppes, Director of Airports. “We know the past year has been very challenging for the aviation industry and we appreciate the confidence Southwest has shown in the strength of our destination.”
The other two locations include Eugene, Oregon and Bellingham, Washington.
Service in Colorado Springs, Savannah, and Long Beach to Hawaii all start-up this
In 2019, MYR served 2.6 million passengers. During 2020 and the COVID crisis, passenger activity declined at MYR and throughout the United States. However, as a top leisure destination, MYR passenger activity has recovered at a faster rate than the national average.
The addition of Southwest Airlines means that MYR will now have 9 airlines. MYR is currently served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, Porter, Sun Country, Spirit and United.