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So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 2:23 am

Have you ever thought about this question? Why if MYR is rated the number one family beach in the country do they have such a small airport? Let me see, there is Spirit, Delta (fri-mon only w/ Md80) ASA, Comair, AirTran Jet connection and UsAirways that fly into MYR.

Why not Southwest or Jetblue? Or why not even Skywest and Northwest?

It seems to me that this a gold mine that only a few of the airline industry are enjoying. Will there be a Gold Rush soon is MYR? Who knows, however the city of MYR needs to start buying these carriers lunch to talk about a feast fit for a king.

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RE: So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 2:44 am

It is also a seasonal destination and you forgot Hooters Air! Also other airports are located close by that also serve MYR.
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RE: So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 2:50 am

NWA also flies there now, though I believe only seasonally
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RE: So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 3:32 am

Not enough of a base. Sure, they might be rated number one in terms of quality, but most people I know choose to go to Orlando or Vegas for their vacations, with the amount of attractions offered. I don't really seen MYR growing all too much within the next decade, just because their are other options that are more appealing to families than the beach and golf.

As for SkyWest, they don't choose where the fly. They fly where UA, DL, and CO tell them to fly under their contracts. Very few regionals have their own operations, the vast majority are done under contract with a major.

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RE: So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 3:33 am

It could be that most people drive to Myrtle Beach rather than fly. Sort of like Branson, Missouri, another very popular tourist draw with no significant air service.
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RE: So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 3:42 am

I'd be willing to bet that 95% of the beachgoers drive to Myrtle Beach.
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RE: So Small, Yet So Big Too!

Thu Jul 03, 2003 4:20 am

Plus, there's always Hawaii. Why spend $400 flying to MYR when you can go to HNL for $800. Your hotel will cost more, but that's a small price to pay for Hawaii. Or Florida, or South Padre Island, or Southern California.

MYR's problem is that it's in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and not in a more attractive state/region.

And before you flame me for blasting SC, you should know I was born there.
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