Myrtle Beach International Airport
Myrtle Beach International Airport is located near downtown Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Although it serves less than a million people a year, the airport is an important part of the area’s booming tourism industry and has seen a growth in passenger numbers over the last several years.
History of Myrtle Beach Airport
The airport’s single, 9,000 ft. runway was utilized by both the civilian airport and the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from 1977 to 1993. Under pressure from local business and the direction of base realignment by the federal government, the closure of the Air Force Base led to the facilities and runways being turned over to the civil airport’s administrator Horry County.
Myrtle Beach Airport’s main terminal began construction in 1975 and has undergone several renovations. Although primarily servicing domestic flights to the East Coast and Mid-American cities, the airport officially welcomed International flights with a terminal renovation and unveiling in 1996.
The most recent renovations in 2008 and 2012 included the addition of six gates, hard wood flooring, and new jetways. An air cargo building is also located on the site near the airport entrance. Additionally, although it was never used, the airport was designated for use by NASA’s space shuttles in the event of an aborted launch.
Myrtle Beach International Airport has a number of Information Centers available throughout the Terminal Building and airport ambassadors are always available to answer questions and provide direction.
In terms of amenities and facilities, despite its small size, Myrtle Beach International has a number of services for its guests. Following federal and state laws, the airport has plenty of ramps, wide doors, and elevators to make it easy to navigate for persons with mobility issues or those in wheelchairs.
Additionally, when boarding the planes, the airport offers several accessibility options. Not only are there four gates that have ground level entry, Myrtle Beach Airport also owns and operates its very own Passenger Access Lift. This lift is great for assisting disabled individuals on and off airplanes.
Myrtle Beach International Airport is service animal friendly and has special features for the hearing and visually impaired. When arranged in advance, an escort is also available to help guide disabled persons through their airport experience.
Other facilities and services offered by the airport include well-kept restrooms, plenty of signage, a food court, and a boarding lounge on the second level of the terminal. Although there are no medical facilities available at the airport, trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are available 24/7.
Getting to Myrtle Beach International Airport includes public and private options. The Coast RTA runs buses seven days a week, while multiple shuttle and taxi services are also available.
Myrtle Beach’s reputation as a resort town gives visitors a number of hotel options that offer free shuttle service to and from the airport. It is always suggested to check with the individual hotel to see if this service is offered and whether it must be scheduled in advance. Various taxis also serve the airport and can be picked up outside the main passenger terminal or scheduled in advance.
Those looking to drive to the airport can choose rental or parking options. Rental cars are available from a number of well-known companies and can be arranged in advance or at the counter during business hours.
As for parking options, Myrtle Beach Airport has short and long-term parking lots available near the terminal and economy parking at the south end. There are over 1200 spots available for guests, and the airport offers free spaces in the short and long term parking lots for persons with special needs.