MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Officials with the Myrtle Beach International Airport are asking travelers to plan ahead as the holiday season approaches.
According to an airport press release, MYR is preparing for a busy travel season and wants to make sure passengers, as well as those picking up and dropping travelers off, are ready for an expected increase in holiday air travel from the latter part of this month until after the first of 2017.
Kirk Lovell, spokesperson for the Horry County Department of Airports, said the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is shaping up to be busier than 2015.
According to Lovell, the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 23, there are approximately 3,832 seats scheduled. That figure includes both inbound and outbound flights.
For Thanksgiving Day, there is a 9 percent increase in seat capacity compared to the 2015 holiday, when there were 1,286 seats used by travelers, Lovell said.
Black Friday has a 16 percent seat capacity increase, according to Lovell. That figure stood at 1,475 for the same day last year.
Airport officials advise all travelers to pack smart before departing on their trips. More information about what to include can be found here.
Travelers should also check their flight status before heading to MYR. They are also encouraged to arrive in the terminal at least two hours before their scheduled departure.
The press release indicates a TSA pre-check is now available at MYR. Passengers who are eligible may receive expedited screening benefits at the airport's main checkpoint.
Additionally, a cellphone waiting area is available for the convenience of drivers who are meeting passengers. They must remain with their car until their passengers call to let them know they are ready to be picked up from the airport, the release stated.