Myrtle Beach, SC, May 23, 2021 – Officials from across the Grand Strand and State of South Carolina
joined airport officials in welcoming Southwest Airlines to the Myrtle Beach International Airport today.
The inaugural ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. with remarks from city, county and state elected
officials, Golf Tourism Solutions, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (MBACC), Southwest
Airlines and Horry County Department of Airports. The arriving aircraft was greeted with a water
cannon salute and passengers were celebrated while they deplaned.
Southwest now offers nonstop service from Myrtle Beach to Baltimore, Chicago Midway, and
Nashville and will launch nonstop service to Dallas Love Field & Pittsburgh on May 29, followed by
Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis on June 6.
“We are so excited to welcome Southwest to the Grand Strand,” said Scott Van Moppes, Director of
Airports. “The airline has long been requested by both the airport team and our travelers and
we’re celebrating a huge win for our community today. The addition of Southwest means passengers
now have a ninth airline to choose for their travels, with opportunities to fly nonstop to ten
different destinations this summer, or an additional 50+ cities with same- plane and connecting
itineraries. We thank Southwest for their investment into our market and we look forward to a
“Today marks a pivotal point in the Myrtle Beach area’s evolution in becoming a more nationally
recognized, year- long leisure and group-travel destination. The Southwest brand brings with it a
loyal customer base and we are eager to welcome them to The Beach and our 60 miles of coastal fun
and sun. Moreover, Southwest’s entry into the Grand Strand also provides our growing community with
increased affordable travel options to key markets across the country,” said Karen Riordan, MBACC
President and CEO.
To book travel, visit www.southwest.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.