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New Direct Flights Have Folks Flocking to Myrtle Beach International Airport

Like the seagulls that soar high above the Grand Strand shoreline, snowbirds of a different feather are flocking to Myrtle Beach in waves via the airways these days. That's because the Grand Strand, long considered a driving destination for its central location on the Carolina coast, has expanded its horizons for air travelers thanks to recent renovations to the Myrtle Beach International Airport and the addition of several non-stop flights to major and mid-sized markets.

Featuring 40 direct flights to and from Myrtle Beach from a combined six airlines, Myrtle Beach International Airport has undergone a recent boom in service thanks to a recently completed, $118 million airport terminal expansion and renovation project. Following the opening of the new and renovated areas in the spring of 2015, MYR saw airlines such as Allegiant, Delta, Spirit, United, US Airways and WestJet increase the number of direct flights, as well as an overall improvement in many connecting flights.

From as far north as Canada to as far south as South Florida and virtually all points in between, Myrtle Beach welcomes approximately 2 million passengers each year, including non-stop visitors from cities all over the Eastern Seaboard and the Midwest. Departure cities that once required two and three transfers to reach the Grand Strand now have access to straight shots that touch down in Myrtle Beach in about 2 hours — roughly the length of an in-flight movie.

Vacation-needy visitors from the eastern half of the U.S. can now hop on a plane near their hometowns and be dipping their toes in the Atlantic Ocean and the Grand Strand sand in less time than it takes to watch the average football game. There's no need to map out a long road trip and spend days of your valuable vacation time on the road when you take to the skies with a trouble-free direct flight that delivers you a couple of miles from Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort.

In addition to all the airport improvements, the roads around Myrtle Beach International also received a major upgrade. The opening of the divided four-lane expressway Harrelson Boulevard provides a route directly from the airport to the beach, ending just blocks away from Compass Cove. Guests can also utilize Harrelson Boulevard to reach popular destinations like Coastal Grand Mall in a matter of minutes.

Affordable flights are available, as are great rates at Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort — the perfect landing spot for your Grand Strand getaway. Here's a list of direct flights to and from MYR, along with the airlines that offer them:

* Allegiant: Akron/Canton (OH), Allentown (PA), Cincinnati (OH), Clarksburg (WV), Columbus (OH), Fort Wayne (IN), Huntington (WV), Indianapolis (IN), Lexington (KY), Orlando (FL), Pittsburgh (PA), St. Louis (MO), Syracuse (NY), Youngstown (OH)

* Delta: Atlanta (GA), Boston (MA), Detroit (MI), New York (NY)

* Spirit: Atlantic City (NJ), Baltimore (MD), Boston (MA), Charleston (WV), Cleveland (OH), Dallas (TX), Detroit (MI), Fort Lauderdale (FL), Hartford (CT), Latrobe (PA), Montreal (Quebec), Newark (NJ), New York (NY), Niagara Falls (NY), Plattsburg (NY), Washington (DC)

* United: Chicago (IL), New York (NY)

* US Airways: Charlotte (NC), Philadelphia (PA), Washington (DC)

* WestJet: Toronto (Ontario)

With so many direct flights to choose from, it’s time to book your vacation plans to Myrtle Beach and start packing your bags. Once you’ve landed, let Compass Cove Oceanfront Resort take care of the rest. Offering clean and comfortable accommodations overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and first-class amenities like waterslides and swimming pools, Compass Cove is ready to help you relax once your feet hit the ground.