SC-based charter airline Direct Air cancels flights

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — South Carolina-based public charter airline Direct Air has canceled all flights and there was no word Tuesday on when they might resume.

Myrtle Beach International Airport director Mike LaPier told The Sun News all operations by Direct Air were suspended Monday night. He said the flights were canceled because of a fueling issue.

It was unclear how many people were affected. The airline serves 17 cities in the Midwest, East and South.

Calls to both the company’s corporate and reservation numbers during business hours were answered Tuesday by a recording stating all agents were busy and referring callers to the airline website.

The reservation number did not offer the option of waiting for the next available agent.

The airline schedule lists no flights on Tuesdays. A number of scheduled flights Wednesday were listed as unavailable.

Allan Pilkey was stranded in Myrtle Beach and told the newspaper he learned he wouldn’t be flying home Monday afternoon. Pilkey was headed to the Niagara Falls, N.Y., on his way to the Toronto area.

He says he was not given any options or reasons for the canceled flight.

This story was written and provided by The Associated Press Wire.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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