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Update November 27th, 2011: Hot off the heels of the end of the fall service between Myrtle Beach and Toronto (see first report), Porter Airlines announces extended winter service.
According to the press release, winter service will begin with twice weekly flights on February 16th and run well into May (Isn't that technically spring?). The peak season of March 1st through April 30th will have four weekly flights. Porter offers the only non-stop route between Canada and Myrtle Beach.
“As we are focused on further developing our Canadian air service market, the expansion of Porter’s winter service is great news. We are happy to welcome the additional travelers this winter,” said Michael La Pier, A.A.E., Director of Airports, Myrtle Beach International Airport.
A large portion of the travel from Canada to Myrtle Beach are golf vacations.
“Toronto is a great market for the Myrtle Beach golf community and the resumption of Porter Air’s non-stop service this February underscores its strength,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “The continued success of non-stop flights is vital to the area’s growth, and we look forward to Porter bringing golfers from Toronto and throughout Canada to the Grand Strand this winter and spring.”
First Report: Porter Airlines is offering direct service between Toronto and Myrtle Beach until November 20th. This is the first time Porter has offered Fall service to MYR.
Porter operates Bombardier turboprop planes in a 70-seat configuration. This is out of necessity for landing and take off at the Billy Bishop Airport. But it presumably also means more room for their passengers. Porter also offers complimentary snacks and beverages (including beer and wine) on their flights.
According to their news release, this is the only non-stop service from Myrtle Beach to Canada. Two weekly roundtrips, Thursdays and Sundays, are available between Toronto City Airport and Myrtle Beach International Airport.