MYRTLE BEACH — Myrtle Beach International Airport reports passenger traffic was down again last month, in part because of the loss of airline service.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported ( that airport officials say the loss of Direct Air and other cuts in service caused the number of passengers to drop by 21 percent in June, compared with June of last year.

Passenger traffic has dropped in five of the last six months. The number of passengers flying to and from Myrtle Beach was down 15 percent for the first half of 2012.

Direct Air declared bankruptcy in March. Other airlines have dropped some routes, reduced the number of flights or are using smaller planes.

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Airport director Mike La Pier expects an overall 15 reduction for the year.