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MYR parking rate increases to fund future parking garage

Myrtle Beach International Airport inreased parking rates to fund a future parking garage to add additional space. (Source: Ruby Durham) Myrtle Beach International Airport inreased parking rates to fund a future parking garage to add additional space. (Source: Ruby Durham)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For those who are flying soon and plan to leave their car at the airport, they may notice higher parking rates.

Those new rates at Myrtle Beach International Airport were approved last month by Horry County Council. In actuality, they are part of a much bigger plan.

The airport needs to fund construction of a new parking garage to accommodate growing demand. Now, that convenience comes with a higher price tag.

Prices in the economy lot will increase from $7 to $9 a day. Long-term parking jumps from $9 to $12 daily, while short-term parking grows from $15 to $21.

Travelers will also notice hourly parking increased. The first 15 minutes are free, but then it goes up $1 for every 15-minute increment.

Airport marketing manager Kirk Lovell said with the increase of availability for flights, more people are booking out of MYR, so it is necessary to have more parking spaces.

Another reason for the change is it seems people may not mind paying a little bit more.

“We’ve always, always had the issue of people parking in the short term for longer durations of time and then taking all that space," Lovell said. "So we're really trying to improve the customer service on that side." 

Lovell said although the parking garage is in the future plans, a design and location must still be approved by Horry County Council.

He added the airport wants to bank the money now so when it is time to break ground on the parking garage, there is funding available to do that.

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