MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., June 9, 2021 – Travel is booming in Myrtle Beach, and the city’s largest carrier is celebrating 25 years of service by stepping up with more bright yellow planes to meet the demand. On Wednesday Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) confirmed its summer schedule will offer nearly 200 flights each week with nonstop service to 19 destinations—which represents a 40 percent increase in flights compared to the carrier’s 2019 service levels at Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR).
“This is more than a rebound. This is solid growth compared to where we were two years ago in Myrtle Beach, and we have the area’s residents and loyal visitors to thank for that,” Spirit Airlines President and CEO Ted Christie said. “Spirit’s 25-year partnership with Myrtle Beach is enabling more and more people to experience the Grand Strand. Our Guests love our unbeatable low fares and the flexibility they provide, and that’s why they’ve given us the privilege of taking the majority of Myrtle Beach travelers on vacations and trips to see loved ones.”
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Christie joined airport and community leaders on Wednesday to celebrate the airline’s 25th anniversary by unveiling Spirit’s increased summer flying and thanking the airline’s many longtime Team Members for their years of giving Guests in Myrtle Beach More Go.
Spirit launched service to MYR in the summer of 1996 with flights from Detroit and Philadelphia. The airline added New York City, Boston and Atlantic City in 1997. Twenty-five years later, Spirit carries 40 percent of the travelers who use MYR by providing three times the number of flights flown by its nearest competitor. The airport is the seventh busiest operation in Spirit’s route network.
“Spirit Airlines has been a loyal partner to the airport and local community for the past 25 years and we’re thankful for the abundant air service opportunities they provide to our passengers,” said Scott Van Moppes, Director of Airports. “As MYR’s principal carrier, travelers can look forward to nonstop service to their 19 different destinations, an incredible offering for a small-hub airport. We look forward to our continued partnership with our friends at Spirit Airlines and congratulate them on 25 years of success in Myrtle Beach.”
Spirit continues to seize growth opportunities as demand for air travel increases. This year, 16 new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neo planes will join the airline’s Fit Fleet™, which is among the youngest in the industry. Next year, Spirit plans to accept another 21 new planes.
Spirit continues to garner awards and recognition in 2021. Spirit is one of only three U.S. airlines listed on FORTUNE's 2021 list of World's Most Admired® Companies, which measures companies with the strongest reputation within their industries. The carrier is a Gold Stevie® Award winner for its groundbreaking self-bag drop system with biometric photo matching, which speeds the check-in process and reduces face-to-face contact. Spirit also earned “Platinum” status in the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Health Safety initiative powered by SimpliFlying. Additionally, WalletHub recently named Spirit “Most Affordable Airline” in their 2021 Best Airlines awards and ranked Spirit third out of 11 in the overall rankings.
Spirit’s commitment to Safe Travels includes enhanced cleaning, advanced air filtration and a health acknowledgement at check-in. Airlines and airports remain subject to federal law requiring Guests to wear an appropriate face covering at airports and on flights. Please visit Spirit’s COVID-19 Information Center for more information on safety enhancements.
About Spirit Airlines:
Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call Á La Smarte. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities. Come save with us at spirit.com.
The Myrtle Beach International Airport is the gateway to Myrtle Beach, SC, the Grand Strand and the Hammock Coast. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant, American, Avelo, Delta, Frontier, Porter, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country, and United Airlines.