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RFP Selection for Lease and Operation of Aircraft Maintenance Faciltiy

Conway, South Carolina – Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) 2013-14-044 for the Lease and Operation of an Aircraft Maintenance Facility at the Grand Strand Airport (CRE). The recommendation will be made on Monday, September 29, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

RFP Selection for Uniformed Security Personnel

Conway, South Carolina– Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) 2013-14-073 for uniformed security personnel services for the Horry County Department of Airports. The recommendation will be made on Thursday, June 12, at 12 p.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

Allegiant Airlines Announces Service to Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) announces today new, nonstop jet service to Myrtle Beach from four cities, beginning May 29. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will introduce the new service with fares as low as $54* one way.

1. Cincinnati, Ohio – begins May 30, 2014 with fares as low as $59*
2. Columbus, Ohio – begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $54*
3. Lexington, Ky. – begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $54*
4. Syracuse, N.Y. – begins May 29, 2014 with fares as low as $64*

Tickets for all routes are now available. Flight days and times and the lowest available fares can be found only at Travelers can take advantage of everyday low fares and save even more when they book air, hotel, car and even activity and attraction reservations together.

“Myrtle Beach is a very popular destination every summer, and we look forward to offering additional low-cost travel options this year,” said Andrew Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President. “Expanding our service in Myrtle Beach will allow us to give more of our markets access to the Grand Strand and offer travelers even more affordable vacation options.”

"Today's announcement by Allegiant Air shows the airlines confidence and strength of the Myrtle Beach market," said Pat Apone, director of airports for Horry County Department of Airports. "The Department of Airports enjoys its partnership with Allegiant Air and is excited to see the airline doubling the number of markets it serves at Myrtle Beach International Airport."

"Ensuring affordable transportation is paramount to attracting new visitors to the Myrtle Beach area and providing easy and quick access to our beach destination," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "We're very pleased to see Allegiant Air expand non-stop flights to and from the Myrtle Beach area, while continuing to provide our visitors and residents with low-fare options."

"Allegiant's decision to add nonstop service from Cincinnati, Syracuse, Lexington and Columbus is great news for Myrtle Beach and golfers in those markets," said Bill Golden, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday's president. "All four are strong feeder markets, and Allegiant is one of America's major leisure travel airlines, making it an ideal partner for Myrtle Beach. Nonstop air service is vital to the growth of the Grand Strand golf market and Allegiant is an airline partner we can grow with."

The new routes will expand on the four seasonal routes Allegiant currently serves from Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR): Allentown/Lehigh Valley, Pa. (ABE), Fort Wayne, In. (FWA), Huntington (Tri-State), WV (HTS), and Youngstown, Ohio (YNG). The carrier’s seasonal Myrtle Beach service operates each year from May through mid-August.

Allegiant celebrated its 15 year anniversary on Friday, Feb. 28. Allegiant’s innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route 15 years ago, to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel in 100 communities nationwide, more than any other domestic low-cost carrier. Allegiant also offers discounts on vacation packages, including hotels, rental cars and attraction tickets, through its website

About the one-way fares:
Seats are limited. Price includes taxes and fees. Fares are one way and not available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased by March 11, 2014, for travel by Aug. 12, 2014. Price reflects debit card discount; credit card price higher. For baggage fees, please visit Additional restrictions may apply.

Allegiant, Travel is our deal. ®
Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years. For downloadable press kit, including photos, visit:

Myrtle Beach International Airport January 2014 Passenger Statistics

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- The number of passengers arriving into Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) during January 2014 was down .98 percent compared to same period January 2013.

In January 2014, 30,312 passengers arrived into MYR, or .98% less than same period last year. “The number of passengers arriving into Myrtle Beach International Airport during January was good despite the major ice storm, which caused widespread delays and cancellations throughout the southeast,” said Pat Apone, director of airports.
January 2014, compared to January 2013 by arriving passenger:

Airline                           Jan-14                  Jan-13         Variance
Allegiant                            0                           0                  -
Charters                            0                         164                -100%
United                               0                          771               -100%
Delta                              6,001                   5,564                    8%
Porter                                0                           0                  -
Spirit                            14,663                  13,965                   5%
US Airways                    9,648                  10,149                  -5%
WestJet                             0                                                -         
Monthly Totals              30,312                 30,613               -0.98%

For detailed passenger statistics click HERE

About the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) The Myrtle Beach International Airport is a full-service facility that serves as the gateway to the Grand Strand. The Myrtle Beach International Airport is owned by Horry County and operated by the Department of Airports. MYR is served by Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, Porter Airlines, Spirit, United Airlines, US Airways and WestJet offering non-stop service to over 25 cities.

Horry County Chooses New Airport Director

Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Administrator, Chris Eldridge, has announced that Pat Apone, current Interim Airport Director, as the new Director of Airports. Apone has been an employee of the Horry County Department of Airports since 1997 and served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration until 2009, when she was appointed Interim Director and Chief Financial Officer until 2010. From 2010 until 2013 Apone served as the Assistant Director of Airports and was most recently appointed Interim Director in September 2013.

“Pat has been the backbone of the airport for years and has earned the top spot of Director,” stated Chris Eldridge. “When Pat began working at the airport, the airport was operating in a deficit position. Since that time, the Airport has operated more efficiently and diversified revenues to achieve a responsible fund balance that allows for an excellent bond rating and stability to weather the fluctuations of the airline industry. In her recent tenure as interim director, Pat wrapped up several projects and secured a new airline use agreement. With Pat, Horry County is getting a new Director who knows our airports inside and out, and will make an excellent addition to our management team. Her results-oriented and inclusive leadership style best fits the needs of this position.”

Apone is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance, and received her Master’s in Finance at Winthrop University. Apone is also an Accredited Airport Executive from the American Association of Airport Executives.