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Myrtle Beach International Airport Terminal Expansion Continues

The project will nearly double the size of the current airport facility and will include six more passenger gates, a greatly-expanded lobby and passenger waiting area and several new restaurants and retail shops.

In 2011, roughly 881,000 passengers traveled through Myrtle Beach International Airport and while the passenger count is down this year primarily due to the bankruptcy of regional carrier Direct Air, airport officials are optimistic the expanded terminal will create a greater demand for flights to and from the airport.

There have been unsubstantiated reports that some larger airline carriers such as Southwest Airlines have expressed an interest in flying into Myrtle Beach, but no formal confirmation has been announced. A Southwest spokesperson and Myrtle Beach International Airport officials have been mum as to whether discussions have been or are ongoing. Southwest Airlines has recently expanded their air service into other parts of the Eastern seaboard and has expressed interest in other South Carolina destinations like Charleston and Columbia.

The expansion is targeted for a February 2013 completion date. As part of the improved traffic flow entering and leaving the airport terminal area, the Myrtle Beach International Airport recently completed work on a new main entrance off Harrelson Boulevard, which conveniently connects airport patrons from Highway 17 Business and the Highway 17 Bypass.

So, if you’re contemplating a trip to Myrtle Beach in the near future, consider flying into our beautiful new airport. Equipped with nine rental car companies with cars conveniently located adjacent to the airport terminal, passengers deplane in a very short time period.

And for the best oceanfront resort accommodations in the Myrtle Beach area,  we hope you’ll consider staying at one of our three Myrtle Beach Resort properties: the Coral Beach Resort & Suites, the Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort or the Holiday Inn at the Pavilion.

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