The New Terminal is Open
Horry County broke ground on the Terminal Capacity Enhancement Program on May 17, 2010 for the program to involve airside and landside improvements to the current facility plus an addition of a new 240,000 SF passenger terminal and concourse. We have at this time increased the number of departure gates from seven (7) to thirteen (13) while adding three (3) new ground loading positions. To support the expansion, a new automated baggage handling system, and new passenger boarding bridges were added while the airport's apron pavement and taxiway were reconstructed and expanded. A new rental car facility with a pedestrian canopy was added to maximize the efficiency of the facility, and a covered exit plaza with employee facilities were added while the existing parking lot, roadway circulation and access roads were renovated and expanded. In all, the total footprint of the airport terminal has increased from 155,000 SF to 430,000 SF.
The Program included major public involvement and support by most all municipalities in the county and other groups such as Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, Myrtle Beach Area Hotel Association, Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Horry County State Delegation.