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United Airlines suspends service to Myrtle Beach effective July 6 due to virus concerns

Not clear yet when service will resume

A sign in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2020, asks people to maintain social distancing on the beach. People are flocking to South Carolina's beaches for vacation after being cooped up by COVID-19 for months. But the virus is taking no vacation as the state has rocketed into the top five in the country in cases divided by population. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
A sign in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Thursday, June 18, 2020, asks people to maintain social distancing on the beach. People are flocking to South Carolina's beaches for vacation after being cooped up by COVID-19 for months. But the virus is taking no vacation as the state has rocketed into the top five in the country in cases divided by population. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Anyone planning to fly United to Myrtle Beach later this summer might be out of luck.

United Airlines is suspending its service to Myrtle Beach, effective on July 6, WMBF is reporting.

WMBF reports that the airline cited “demand conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic” as the reason for temporarily discontinuing service.

As 10 News has reported, local health officials are seeing cases grow in locals returning from trips to Myrtle Beach.

Roanoke area coronavirus cases linked to Myrtle Beach nearly double overnight

Airline officials said they will continue to monitor the situation to determine when service will resume.

Karen Riordan, the president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitor Bureau, released the following statement to 10 News on Wednesday:

“While we never want a reduction in air service for our visitors and residents, we understand the difficulties facing the airline industry because of the pandemic. National research shows the majority of people feel more comfortable traveling by car this summer because of the ongoing pandemic. Myrtle Beach has always been primarily a drive-to destination, so our tourism industry is well-positioned for recovery. We hope to see air service rebound quickly and our carriers resume full service to our community.

As the Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitor Bureau, we support the airport’s efforts to add air service to ensure our visitors have easy access to our destination. We routinely market our destination in those regions where MYR has non-stop flights and we work closely with airport staff and airline planners to present research-based marketing services in an effort to secure new non-stop service and grow capacity on existing routes.”


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