Southern Skyways to offer service from Rockford to Myrtle Beach

Thomas V. Bona

Rockford will get flights to Myrtle Beach for the first time since 2005 on a passenger airline new to our airport.

Southern Skyways, a scheduled charter service based in Atlanta, plans to start twice-weekly flights from Chicago Rockford International Airport to Myrtle Beach in late May or early June, airport officials announced today.

The flights, on Mondays and Fridays, will extend through Labor Day. They will be on a Boeing 737 aircraft, which can accommodate about 160 passengers.

Airfares should range from $129 to $179 each way.

Airport officials said today they hope that if the flights do well during this initial time, the airline will extend them for a longer period.

This is the fourth airline to start service at Chicago Rockford International Airport and the first new one since United Airlines began service in March 2006.

Kenny Tours plans to start seasonal service to Ireland in June, but hasn’t made a public announcement.

Chicago Rockford International Airport had flights to Myrtle Beach in 2005 via Hooters Air, which phased out its Rockford service at the end of that year.

The airport now has eight nonstop destinations. United flies to Denver; Allegiant Air flies to Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Ariz., and Orlando/Sanford, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla.; and Apple Vacations flies seasonally to Cancun, Mexico.

Members of the airport’s MilesAhead loyalty club were offered a $50 voucher toward travel on the new route.

Staff writer Thomas V. Bona may be contacted at 815-987-1343 or