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Myrtle Beach area seeing popularity spike due to low-cost flights

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Starting in 2014, the Myrtle Beach area is expected to see a spike in popularity because of low-cost flights, according to travels experts from CheapFights.com.

According to CheapFlights.com, in 2013 the Myrtle Beach area saw a 20 percent increase in travelers looking to visit. This increase comes from Myrtle Beach International Airport offering non-stop flights to 25 different cities. The site's travel experts say it can also be attributed to the low-cost carriers Allegiant and Spirit Airlines.

Market demand has also led to airlines starting seasonal service even earlier, stated experts from Cheapflights.com. Spirit Airlines and WestJet will begin flights for the 2014 spring and summer seasons earlier than in previous years.

"By offering affordable travel options, we are opening the Myrtle Beach area up to even more first-time visitors," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "Growing air service is an essential component of growing our tourism economy and bringing in more visitors during our slower seasons."

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