SC-based charter airline cancels flights

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- 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.

Lauren Morris, the marketing manager for the Myrtle Beach International Airport told The Associated Press that airport officials were told Direct Air would be releasing a statement on its status later Tuesday. She said there are normally no Myrtle Beach flights on a Tuesday.

Oe Monday, she said, there were several flights before the airline ceased operations late in the day.

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.

According to the company website, Direct Air provides public charter air flights, "Offering all-inclusive vacation, golf, and entertainment packages."

The company began flying in March of 2007.