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DOT Tarmac Contingency Plan

Myrtle Beach International Airport has prepared this Emergency Contingency Plan pursuant to §42301 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Questions regarding this plan can be directed to the Airport Communications Center at myropctr@horrycounty.org. Myrtle Beach International Airport is filing this plan with the Department of Transportation because it is a commercial airport.
This plan describes how, following excessive tarmac delays and to the extent practicable, Myrtle Beach International Airport will:
• Provide for the deplanement of passengers;
• Provide for the sharing of facilities and make gates available at the airport; and
• Provide a sterile area following excessive tarmac delays for passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP).

Myrtle Beach International Airport has facility constraints that limit our ability to accommodate diverted flights or maintain the airport’s safe operation when experiencing extended delays and strongly encourages aircraft operators contact the airport Communications Center at (843) 839- 7372 for prior coordination of diverted flights, except in the case of a declared in-flight emergency. Specific facility constraints include the following; available ramp space, boarding bridges, and waiting areas. 

Unscheduled inbound commercial aircraft will contact the MYR Air Traffic Control Tower during tower operating hours. After tower operating hours, inbound aircraft will contact the Myrtle Beach International Airport Communications Center on CTAF and at 843-839-7372 to coordinate support.

Contact Information
In the event of diversion or other irregular operations’ events, aircraft operators should contact the airport Operations Supervisor or most senior on-duty staff member at 843-839-7372 or myropctr@horrycounty.org.

Plan to Provide for the Deplanement of Passengers Following Excessive Tarmac Delays

Myrtle Beach International Airport does not own or operate any of the equipment needed to safely deplane passengers from air carrier aircraft and is, therefore, unable on its own to provide for the deplanement of passengers. Additionally airport personnel are not trained to assist in the deplanement of passengers using equipment owned or operated by air carriers or contract service providers. We will provide a list of airlines, ground handlers, fixed base operators and others who may have the necessary equipment and personnel to safely deplane passengers to airlines as soon as practicable after receiving requests from such airlines experiencing excessive tarmac delays at the contact number listed above.

Plan to Provide for the Sharing of Facilities and Make Gates Available in an Emergency

The gates at Myrtle Beach International Airport are operated under common use and controlled by the airport. We direct our common use air carrier users to make gates and other facilities available to an air carrier seeking to deplane at a gate, to the maximum extent practicable. If an unscheduled aircraft arrives, the airport Communications Center will assign them a gate if available or ground off-load if necessary.

Plan to Provide a Sterile Area for Passengers Who Have Not Cleared United States Customs and Border Protection

Myrtle Beach International Airport has defined sterile areas capable of accommodating limited numbers of international passengers. We will coordinate with local CBP officials to develop procedures that will allow international passengers who have not yet cleared United States Customs and Border Protection to be deplaned into these sterile areas to the extent practicable.

Airport Information
Name of Airport
: Myrtle Beach International Airport
Name and title of person preparing the plan: Charles Bree/Airport Operations Manager Preparer contact number: (843) 839-7372
Preparer contact e-mail: breec@horrycounty.org
Date of submission of plan: May 31, 2017
Airport Category: Small Hub
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