Airport terminal delay won't affect travel

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Due to Hurricane Sandy, contractors say the expansion of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will be delayed until at least mid March.

The new terminal at the Grand Strand's portal to the skies was scheduled to be completed by February 19, but the contractor MB Kahn say they knew as soon as December that the goal would not be achieved.

They delay can be attributed to setbacks, including the delivery of light fixtures impacted by Hurricane Sandy and the bankruptcy of a major supplier.

After revising the schedule and signing new commitments with all the contractors, MB Kahn says the terminal will be completed by March 19.

"I can remember when Piedmont Airlines first started flying to the old Air Force base," said Horry County Councilman Gary Loftus. "They came in a double wide. The terminal was a double wide."

Despite the construction delay, Councilman Loftus says it shouldn't disrupt travel to or from the beach, and passengers won't even notice a difference.

"They get off the plane, they pick up their luggage, they get in their car," he said. "They never notice what they're going through."

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