Starting April 25, Spirit Airlines is adding daily nonstop seasonal service from Baltimore/Washington and Philadelphia International to Myrtle Beach.
Last year, Spirit announced service to Dallas-Fort Worth from Philadelphia, beginning in spring 2013.
The airline is known for aggressively charging fees, but also offers deep discounts on fares. In the case of Philadelphia to Myrtle Beach, the round trip fare can be as low as $78 with taxes. Myrtle Beach is a popular destination, particularly with golfers.
The carrier was in the news earlier this year when it announced a $100 fee for checked bags if the passenger shows up and wants the bags checked without paying fees in advance. A release from the carrier said the hefty fee is designed to reduce loading times and delays for its flights.
“We are delighted with Spirit Airlines’ business decision to broaden its route network at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The addition of nonstop air service to both the Philadelphia and Baltimore-Washington areas while significantly increasing seat capacity to its existing markets should be well received by the traveling public,” said Michael La Pier, director of airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport.
“We are excited about Spirit Airlines arriving in Philadelphia, and we are pleased that travelers in our region will have Spirit as a travel option to one of the best vacation and golf destinations in the country,” said Philadelphia Airport CEO Mark Gale. “This new service will stimulate our regional economy, and I thank Spirit for realizing the value of doing business with our city.”