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The Myrtle Beach International Airport is undergoing a $118 million expansion, which includes a new 240,000-square-foot terminal that is scheduled to be completed by March 9, 2013. MYR has added about 715 flights and 52,585 arriving seats during January through June, including an assortment of new destinations for some carriers and some flights resuming seasonal service earlier than traditionally, such as several on Spirit Airlines next week.
Spirit’s daily non-stop flights to Chicago, Detroit and Latrobe, Pa., start Feb. 14, and two weekly flights to Niagara Falls, N.Y., will start Friday then increase to four flights a week starting April 25. Spirit’s seat capacity is expected to increase by 25 percent this year.
US Airways, Delta and Porter Airlines also have added destinations or more flights to destinations they already serve. “The addition of new markets and increased available seat capacity by incumbent carriers shows the strength of the Myrtle Beach brand.” Mike LaPier, Horry County’s airports director, said in a news release.
Spirit Airlines, which carries nearly half the passengers at the airport each year, added two destinations – Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington International Airport, both starting April 25. Spirit will start two weekly flights to Charleston, W.Va., March 2 then increase to three a week starting April 25.
US Airways expanded its weekend-only service to Washington Reagan to daily earlier this month, and will increase its service to Philadelphia starting in March. Delta will add seasonal non-stop service to Boston in June, and Porter Airlines increases its nonstop service to TorontoCity Centre next month.
Allegiant Air will start its seasonal service May 3 to Allentown, Pa.; Fort Wayne, Ind., Youngstown, Ohio and Huntington, W.Va.
The newest airlines to start offering non-stop service to MYR is WestJet, a low-cost Canadian airline, announced it will begin flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach beginning May 2, 2013. The flights will be offered on Thursdays and Sundays.
The West Jet flight from Toronto Pierson International Airport (YYZ) will depart at 9:30 a.m. and will arrive at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) at 11:35 a.m. The flight from MYR to YYZ will depart at 12:20 p.m. and arrive at 2:14 p.m. Both flights will be on a Boeing 737 aircraft and will seat 136 passengers.The flights are also timed to allow connection with other flights to provide service to the majority of the Canadian markets.