Southwest Airlines has announced launch dates for nonstop flights from 10 cities to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), and along with Southwest’s Grand Strand-bound passengers golf bags will fly free to the “Golf Capital of the World.”
One of America’s most popular airlines, Southwest will begin providing year-round service to Myrtle Beach near the end of May.
Beginning May 23, 2021, Southwest will launch nonstop service between Myrtle Beach and Baltimore, MD (BWI), Chicago, IL (MDW), and Nashville, TN (BNA); and additional nonstop service to Dallas, TX (DAL) and Pittsburgh, PA (PIT) will begin May 29. Service to five (5) additional destinations will begin on June 6, 2021 and include: Atlanta, GA (ATL), Columbus, OH (CMH), Indianapolis, IN (IND), Kansas City, MO (MCI) and St. Louis, MO (STL). In addition to the nonstop offerings, Myrtle Beach is accessible on Southwest Airlines this summer from 50+ cities through same-plane and connecting itineraries.
Six of Southwest’s 10 flights to Myrtle Beach will come from the Central Time Zone, providing Myrtle Beach a nonstop to link to the golf-crazed Midwest.
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“Southwest Airlines coming to Myrtle Beach is great news for golfers,” said Bill Golden, CEO of Golf Tourism Solutions, the agency responsible for promoting Myrtle Beach as a golf destination. “The decision to begin service from 10 different markets is a testament to the destination’s strength. While Myrtle Beach has long been popular amongst golfers from the Midwest, the flights from St. Louis, Nashville and Kansas City, in particular, are a game-changer for us in those markets.”
Destination Frequency of Service to Myrtle Beach
Atlanta 1x Daily
Nashville 2x Daily
Baltimore 3x Daily
Chicago 2x Daily
Columbus 5x Weekly
Indianapolis 5x Weekly
Pittsburgh 5x Weekly
Dallas 2x Weekly
Kansas City 2x Weekly
St. Louis 2x Weekly
“We continue to tailor our schedule with added flights to address closer-in demand for leisure destinations while making foundational additions to our map that position our network for the future,” said Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Watterson. “For Myrtle Beach, we know the arrival of our two bags fly free*—with a golf bag able to count as one of those—will encourage visitors to fly Southwest instead of drive, and consider a quicker trip with us and our value propositions of bags fly free*, golf bags fly free*, low fares, and flexible policies. We’re so pleased to share our Heart with them in time to bring visitors this summer.”
In celebration of its arrival in Myrtle Beach, Southwest is offering one-way fares to Myrtle Beach from some of the new nonstop cities as low as $69 one-way (purchase by 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time April 1). Visit Southwest.com for a complete list of fares, as well as rules, and terms and conditions. The number of seats, days of the week, and markets for these fares are limited.
“We are thrilled beyond measure with Southwest’s decision to introduce service to so many great markets from MYR,” said Scott Van Moppes, MYR director of airports, adding that “Demand for travel to/from the Grand Strand is growing at a rapid pace and we look forward to the opportunity to serve even more customers, thanks to the ample air service opportunities provided through the expansive Southwest network.”
Said Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Karen Riordan, “Southwest’s announcement regarding these fantastic destinations will greatly open up new travel opportunities for our residents and businesses. At the same time, these key markets will allow us to welcome many more visitors who can now explore Myrtle Beach for their family vacations, special events, sports travel and business meetings. This is a true win/win for our area as we all work to recover this year and grow in years to come.”
Myrtle Beach International Airport enjoys nonstop flights from 50+ cities, more than any airport in South Carolina, and it’s home to the Palmetto State’s lowest average fares.
Visit Southwest.com to view specific itineraries.
*Golf bags fly free as one of two checked pieces of baggage offered to every Southwest customer (weight and size limitations apply). First and second checked bags fly free (weight and size limitations apply).
Sources: Myrtle Beach International Airport/Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; Southwest Airlines