The first flight for Allegiant’s seasonal service from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to Myrtle Beach took off on Thursday.
Director of Aviation Dan Dickten said there were 158 passengers on board the first flight, which he said was really good for the first flight. He said the capacity is 166.
The ride takes 90 minutes and costs as low as $59 for a one-way ticket.
The flight is offered twice per week, but the airline will add two more flights in June. The route runs from May through August.
“We have a new grandchild in Myrtle Beach, so it is wonderful to be able to fly directly from Youngstown to Myrtle Beach. This is the only direct flight from our area,” said Paulette Pasquale, a passenger on the flight.
Passengers also will see $4 million worth of renovations at the airport, including a bigger parking lot, a larger baggage area and a mini food court.
Renovations weren’t the only goals this year. Dickten said new destinations like Punta Gorda, near Fort Meyers, also are on the horizon.
“Another one in our sights is Fort Lauderdale and Allegiant has even suggested they may start focusing on some flights to New York City, so that would be very popular,” Dickten said.
Alhough there still isn’t daily service at the airport, Dickten said he won’t stop trying to bring it back.
“We know the community wants it and they’ll support it, so we’re going to continue to do the best we can to get something in here on a regular basis,” he said.