MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When it comes to flying, one of the worst parts may be finding a place to park, especially if you're taking that trip during the holidays or in the middle of tourist season.
Right now, the focus at Myrtle Beach International Airport is parking. Spaces are being added right in front of the old airport terminal. The space is mounds of dirt, and construction trucks, but the goal is to have 300 more parking spaces by the end of May, just in time for the height of tourist season.
That will make the credit card lot the largest at the airport with a total of 774 spots for you to park.
Additional spaces will continue to alleviate any parking issues. Republic Parking handles parking at MYR; the company says it seen parking issues since the expansion of the airport parking lots and expects that trend to continue.
The new lot also features the cheapest hourly and daily rate, you'll pay one dollar per hour, up to $7 a day.
With the expansion of Allegiant Air and the return of West Jet, along with the other airlines that fly out of MYR, airport officials say a record number of seats are available for the summer season at Myrtle Beach International. More seats means the possibility of more traffic in and out of the airport, and the need for more parking.
"Obviously with the expansion of the airport, they're bringing in more flights, they're obviously gonna make more room. We're doing it on the highways out there so if we're doing it on the highways we might as well bring in more parking spots so our guests can come in, enjoy themselves, make it more convenient for them," says frequent flyer Sean McCullough.
The entire project is expected to cost about $2 million. The Horry County Department of Airports is funding the project which means no local tax dollars will be spent.