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Myrtle Beach International Airport

Coordinates: 33°40′47″N 078°55′42″W / 33.67972°N 78.92833°W / 33.67972; -78.92833
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Myrtle Beach International Airport
Terminal at Myrtle Beach International Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerHorry County
OperatorHorry County Department of Airports[1]
ServesMyrtle Beach, South Carolina
Elevation AMSL25 ft / 8 m
Coordinates33°40′47″N 078°55′42″W / 33.67972°N 78.92833°W / 33.67972; -78.92833
FAA airport diagram
FAA airport diagram
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 9,503 2,897 Asphalt / concrete
Statistics (2023)
Total passengers3,361,277
Aircraft operations (year ending 4/30/2023)149,968
Sources: FAA,[2][3]

Myrtle Beach International Airport (IATA: MYR[4], ICAO: KMYR, FAA LID: MYR) is a county-owned public-use airport located 3 miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Myrtle Beach, in Horry County, South Carolina, United States. It was formerly known as Myrtle Beach Jetport (1974–1989) and is located on site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, which also includes The Market Common shopping complex.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2017–2021 categorized it as a small-hub primary commercial service facility.[5] Myrtle Beach has the second-busiest airport in South Carolina behind Charleston, with over 2.4 million passengers (arriving and departing) in 2018.[6][7]

The airport's official website since 2006 is flymyrtlebeach.com,[8] which was previously an unofficial website owned by an airport employee.[9] In July 2012 the airport launched a redesigned website with a new logo.[10][11][12]


An airport was started on property from a former army base which the federal government transferred in 1948 through the Surplus Property Act. The city of Myrtle Beach decided not to use the property for an airport but funds from the property still had to be used for an airport. From 1958 to 1976 these funds went to Horry County Jetport in Crescent Beach, which moved[13] to the northeast part of the base after an agreement for joint civilian and military use of the base. In 1977, the City of Myrtle Beach annexed the area of Myrtle Beach Airport.[14] Until 1993, both MYR and Myrtle Beach AFB jointly used the main runway; this limited civil operations to 30 landings per day and led to a local business movement to build an entirely new airport.[15]

In the 1980s, the airport was served by Piedmont Airlines mainline aircraft (later acquired by USAir) and by Delta and Eastern commuter aircraft.[16]

In 1993, the Air Force closed the base as a result of BRAC 1991. The runway and other portions of the former military flight line were then turned over to the Horry County Department of Airports.[17]

American Eagle became a major carrier at MYR in the early 1990s, operating multiple daily ATR 72 flights to the American Airlines hub at Raleigh–Durham International Airport. By late 1994 this route accounted for as much as 12% of the airport's passenger traffic; however, American abruptly ended its American Eagle hub at Raleigh–Durham in December 1994, cancelling all service to MYR and other secondary airports in the region.[18] American returned to Myrtle Beach in 2010 with a seasonal service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.[19]

On April 1, 1996, Myrtle Beach Airport became an international airport. A new international terminal had its grand opening August 21 of that year, and a new logo was unveiled "to reflect the architectural design of the airport's terminal and the influence of the beach by showing a pained window and a palm tree in blues and greens".[20]

The airport served as the main hub for Hooters Air from 2003 until 2006. The airport authority offered discounted hangar space and other undisclosed benefits to Hooters Air operator Pace Airlines in an effort to relocate its operating base from Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[21] However, Pace decided to keep its base (also used for charter operations) in Winston-Salem.[22]

In 2006 AirTran Airways discontinued its service to Atlanta; it was the fourth-largest airline serving Myrtle Beach International at the time.[23]

Direct Air connected a number of airports to Myrtle Beach from 2007 until 2012, when it abruptly filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations.[24] The failure of Direct Air caused a slump in passenger traffic at Myrtle Beach,[25] which declined 16% in 2012 but rebounded in 2013. WestJet began service to Toronto in summer 2013 with a revenue guarantee from Horry County, but its passenger numbers fell short of expectations, forcing the county to pay WestJet around $570,000.[26]

The airport was a designated launch abort site for the Space Shuttle, but was never used.[27]

On July 26, 2022, it was announced that Indianapolis-based Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy would start hosting flight training operations. Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy instructs aeronaut hopefuls on how to pass and exceed the expectations set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for commercial pilots, training up to 300 students each year. Negotiations are currently underway between LIFT, MYR, the City of Myrtle Beach about a suitable long-term facility for the flight training program. LIFT plans to begin operations in Myrtle Beach as early as October 2022, sending flight training students from its Indianapolis branch to Myrtle Beach. [28]


In 2008 two renovations took place in the terminal building. In July 2010, the FAA approved a $4.50 passenger facilities charge on all airline tickets to and from MYR in order to defray part of the cost for the terminal upgrade.[29]

On March 16, 2021, it was reported that Myrtle Beach International Airport was working on a 20-year plan that would more than double the number of gates at the airport, however details remain to be worked out. There are currently two proposals for terminal expansions, which both would more than double the 11 gates the airport has now. One of the plans call for 23 gates, and the other calls for 25 and would be built on the east side of the airport. The plan has three possible layouts for new parking with one being a parking garage on the east side. One of the other major addition includes more international flights and there have been talks with two different international airlines. Another possible addition would be providing space for a major shipping distribution center like FedEx or Amazon. The 20-year plan has been finalized and may be presented before the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of 2021.[30]

However, on March 18, 2021, airport officials clarified the airport's immediate future plans stating a presentation showing the expansion of terminals as well as parking lots was a long-term concept, but no expansions will be implemented in the near future. These documents show the early stages of a legally required 20-year master plan, that began in 2018 but was put on pause due to the pandemic.[31]

On April 8, 2022, it was announced that the airport planned a $35 million expansion that will be primarily funded by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was signed into law by President Joe Biden. The proposed renovations would include adding 4-5 new gates onto the end of the "A" gate that is located on the south side of the building, more fuel storage that will add 100,000 gallons in fuel storage capacity in case of future supply crunches, security checkpoint that will alleviate the pressure created by the current TSA bottleneck, and add more space for restaurants and retail. [32]

On April 30, 2023, a planned terminal expansion project adding six new gates to terminal A was announced. The proposed expansion would bring the total number of gates to 18 at the airport and is part of an effort to keep up with growth, as well as the travelers, including the newly completed parking canopy over the rental car lot. The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission contributed $8 million to the project. An airport official stated that the projects total cost is still being finalized but are hoping that construction will begin in early 2024 with the project to be completed in 2025. [33] [34]


The airport covers 3,795 acres (1,536 ha) at an elevation of 25 feet (7.6 m). Its single runway, 18/36, is 9,503 ft (2,897 m) long and 150 ft (46 m) wide.[2][35] The airport entrance is on Harrelson Boulevard.[36]

The Terminal Building is named for Myrtle Beach's first mayor, Dr. Wilford Leroy Harrelson, who served from March 1938 to December 1939 and again from January 1942 to December 1943. The city bought land for the airport during his first term, and the terminal was named in his honor.

MYR has a helipad primarily used by charter tour companies at the base of runway 36.

In the year ending April 30, 2023, the airport had 149,968 aircraft operations, average 411 per day: 55% air taxi, 22% airline, 18% general aviation, and 5% military. 54 aircraft were then based at the airport: 42 single-engine, 5 multi-engine, 1 jet, and 6 helicopter.[2]

The airport had an air cargo building at the entrance of the airport; the building has closed and is mainly used by airport maintenance for storage.

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Allegiant Air Albany, Allentown, Cincinnati, Newburgh
Seasonal: Akron/Canton,[37] Belleville/St. Louis, Clarksburg, Columbus–Rickenbacker, Fort Wayne, Hagerstown (MD), Harrisburg, Huntington, Indianapolis, Lexington, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
American Airlines Charlotte
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
American Eagle Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington–National
Seasonal: Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth
Avelo Airlines New Haven[38]
Seasonal: Wilmington (DE)
Breeze Airways Providence,[39] Tampa,[40] White Plains[41]
Seasonal: Akron/Canton,[41] Charleston (WV),[42] Hartford,[43] Wilkes-Barre/Scranton[41]
Delta Air Lines Atlanta, Detroit
Seasonal: Boston,[44] Minneapolis/St. Paul
Delta Connection New York–LaGuardia
Frontier Airlines Cleveland
Seasonal: Long Island/Islip, Philadelphia
Southwest Airlines Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Nashville
Seasonal: Columbus–Glenn, Dallas–Love, Denver,[45] Kansas City, Pittsburgh, St. Louis
Spirit Airlines Atlantic City, Baltimore,[46] Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York–LaGuardia, Orlando
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare,[46] Cleveland, Detroit, Hartford, Indianapolis,[47] Kansas City, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (ends October 5, 2024),[48] Pittsburgh, Rochester (NY) (ends September 2, 2024)[48]
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal: Minneapolis/St. Paul
United Airlines Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Denver, Newark[49]
United Express Newark
Seasonal: Chicago–O'Hare, Washington–Dulles


FedEx Express Columbia (SC)
UPS Airlines Columbia (SC)


Top destinations[edit]

Busiest domestic routes from MYR (March 2023 – February 2024)[6]
Rank City Passengers Airline
1 North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina 219,000 American
2 Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta, Georgia 160,000 Delta
3 Maryland Baltimore, Maryland 127,000 Southwest, Spirit
4 New Jersey Newark, New Jersey 110,000 Spirit, United
5 New York (state) New York–LaGuardia, New York 109,000 Delta, Spirit
6 Michigan Detroit, Michigan 82,000 Delta, Spirit
7 Tennessee Nashville, Tennessee 76,000 Southwest
8 Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts 72,000 American, Delta, Spirit
9 Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 64,000 American, Frontier, Spirit
10 Florida Fort Lauderdale, Florida 59,000 Spirit

Airline market share[edit]

Largest airlines at MYR
(March 2023 – February 2024)
Rank Airline Passengers Share
1 Spirit 1,073,000 32.21%
2 Southwest 582,000 17.47%
3 Delta 441,000 13.25%
4 Allegiant 294,000 8.83%
5 American 286,000 8.59%
- Other 655,000 19.86%

Annual traffic[edit]

Annual passenger traffic at MYR, 2000–present[50]
Year Passengers Year Passengers Year Passengers
2000 — 1,582,372 2010 Increase 1,736,138 2020 Decrease 1,113,820
2001 Decrease 1,421,081 2011 Increase 1,759,874 2021 Increase 3,210,247
2002 Decrease 1,260,121 2012 Decrease 1,482,554 2022 Increase 3,459,803
2003 Increase 1,335,496 2013 Increase 1,664,917 2023 Decrease 3,361,277
2004 Increase 1,535,212 2014 Increase 1,749,657 2024
2005 Increase 1,566,409 2015 Increase 1,830,071 2025
2006 Decrease 1,440,400 2016 Increase 1,942,927 2026
2007 Increase 1,683,823 2017 Increase 2,277,044 2027
2008 Decrease 1,565,372 2018 Increase 2,467,093 2028
2009 Decrease 1,485,393 2019 Increase 2,611,563 2029

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On July 23, 1950, a USAF Curtiss C-46 Commando crashed 1.9 miles west of Myrtle Beach AFB when the left aileron detached after takeoff and lost control at an altitude of about 1000–2000 feet. Both wings failed and the aircraft crashed. All four crew and 35 occupants were killed.[51]

See also[edit]


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