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Myrtle Beach International Airport-MYR
Airport type Public
Owner Horry County
Operator Horry County Department of Airports
Serves Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Hub for Direct Air
Elevation AMSL 25 ft / 8 m
Coordinates 33°40′47″N 078°55′42″W / 33.67972°N 78.92833°W / 33.67972; -78.92833Coordinates: 33°40′47″N 078°55′42″W / 33.67972°N 78.92833°W / 33.67972; -78.92833
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 9,503 2,897 Asphalt/Concrete
Statistics (2007)
Aircraft operations 56,381
Based aircraft 52
Source: Federal Aviation Administration[1]

Myrtle Beach International Airport (IATA: MYRICAO: KMYRFAA LID: MYR) is a county-owned, public-use airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Myrtle Beach, a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States.[1]

The airport is located on site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. On 22 March 1975, an agreement was made for joint civilian-military aviation activities at the base. Airport construction began on the northeast side of the Air Force Base runway on 19 July 1975 and opened to commercial aviation in 1976. This replaced the commercial airport located in the Crescent Beach area of North Myrtle Beach, which became Grand Strand Airport (CRE) and now serves private and corporate aircraft with parking, refueling, and maintenance.

The airport is a launch abort site for the Space Shuttle.[2] It has never been needed.

On 20 April 1977, an agreement between the City of Myrtle Beach and the U.S. Department of Defense was signed, which incorporated the area of Myrtle Beach International Airport into the city. Until 1993, both MYR and Myrtle Beach AFB jointly used the main runway. 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.

The airport formerly served as a hub for Hooters Air, before that airline's shutdown in 2006. For 2008, US Airways was the dominating carrier. The airport currently serves as a hub for Direct Air and a focus city for Allegiant Air.


Facilities and aircraft

Myrtle Beach International Airport covers an area of 3,795 acres (1,536 ha) and has one runway designated 18/36 with a 9,503 x 150 ft (2,897 x 46 m) asphalt/concrete surface.[1]

For the 12-month period ending December 31, 2007, the airport had 56,381 aircraft operations, an average of 154 per day: 40% general aviation, 30% scheduled commercial, 19% air taxi and 12% military. At that time there were 52 aircraft based at this airport: 71% single-engine, 25% multi-engine and 4% helicopter.[1]

Commercial aircraft handled at MYR: Airbus A319, A320, A321; Embraer E-170, E-175, E-190; Boeing 737, 757; Canadair CRJ-200, 700, 900; McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and MD-80; ATR Turbo-prop and the Dash 8/ Q-400 aircraft.

The airport has seven gates and six gate areas. Also in the gate areas are a food court containing Pizza Hut, Subway, Java Coast coffee and the retail gift chain Hudson News. There is also a restaurant "J.J.'s sports grill and bar" serving an array of food and a full service bar. In 2007, 2 new jetways were added to gates 2 and 3, to replace the outdated jetways from 1979. In 2008 two renovations have taken place in the terminal building. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) added hard wood flooring in the security checkpoint to replace the carpet that had been in place for years. "J.J.'s sports grill and bar" received major renovations including flooring, new bar area and new furniture, the menu and appliances were also all replaced. Coming also this year the snack bar located on the lower level known as the "T-box" will also be completely renovated and a new menu will be added.

Airlines and destinations


Scheduled passenger service

Airlines Destinations
Allegiant Air Allentown, Fort Wayne [begins April 30], Grand Rapids [begins April 30], Huntington (WV), Fort Myers [begins April 30], Youngstown [begins April 22], Knoxville [begins April 22]
American Eagle Dallas/Fort Worth [seasonal, begins April 6][3]
Continental Airlines Newark
Continental Express operated by ExpressJet Airlines Newark
Delta Air Lines Atlanta [Begins April 6], Detroit
Delta Connection operated by Atlantic Southeast Airlines Atlanta
Delta Connection operated by Shuttle America New York-LaGuardia [begins April 29]
Direct Air Allentown, Columbus-Rickenbacker, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Newark, Niagara Falls, Pittsburgh, Plattsburgh, Springfield (IL), Worcester
Porter Airlines Toronto-City Centre [seasonal]
Spirit Airlines Atlanta [seasonal; begins May 1], Atlantic City, Boston, Chicago-O'Hare [seasonal], Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, New York-LaGuardia
United Express operated by Shuttle America Chicago O'Hare [seasonal]
US Airways Charlotte
US Airways Express operated by Air Wisconsin New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Reagan
US Airways Express operated by Mesa Airlines Charlotte
US Airways Express operated by PSA Airlines Charlotte
US Airways Express operated by Republic Airlines Charlotte, Washington-Reagan, Philadelphia


  • Air Cargo Carriers Inc. - Cargo feeder for UPS and DHL.


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Master Record for MYR (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2008-04-10
  2. ^ Space Shuttle Emergency Landing Sites
  3. ^

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