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Take a look at new MYR upgrades

New concourse open at MYR New concourse open at MYR
Pavilion Bar and Grill at MYR Pavilion Bar and Grill at MYR
(Source: Jenna DeAngelis) (Source: Jenna DeAngelis)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - You're about to see a lot of new changes at the Myrtle Beach International Airport. The second floor of the old terminal, also known as Concourse B, has been refurbished and is open. 

It's a mirror image of the new building only it adds more gates to the airport.

If you've ever been in the old building, what once was escalators, is now is an open space with seating and nearly 80 charging stations for your devices. It's joined by a new restaurant - Pavilion Bar and Grill - and a place to pick up last minute magazines and snacks for your flight.

“To have the continuity through the new terminal and the old terminal is important to the overall experience,” MYR spokesperson Kirk Lovell said. “I think when people come through here they won't be able to tell the difference from going into the new to the old.”

Additional gates, means more operations, to accommodate our busiest time of year. Since we go from about 30,000 travelers through the airport in January, to 130,000 by July, these numbers came into play when looking at the future plans.

“As our traffic increases we open zones to accommodate that traffic and when the season starts to wind down, we start closing zones,” Lovell said. “That will actually save us money, keep our costs competitive and it's really good for the airlines.”

Along with these upgrades is the completed $20 million runway rehab which will now extend its life another 20 years.

As far as the future goes with construction, the next step, according to Lovell, is to add more employee parking, which frees up spaces for you. From the outside, the old and new terminal still look different, but that's also a work in progress, it will eventually all look the same.

We see a lot of traffic come through the Myrtle Beach International Airport, but this doesn't mean county airport leaders can neglect other runways and terminals in the county.

According Lovell, major rehab is also complete to the ramp at Grand Strand North Myrtle Beach Airport, which means more parking for aircraft.

The Conway-Horry County Airport also got new t-hangars for private pilots. In addition, the FBO terminal building has also been renovated, that's where the weather station is and the flight planning takes place.

A focus of the Horry County Department of Airports is to keep up with what we have, so it lasts as we grow.

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