Myrtle Beach International Airport sets passenger record for second year in a row

Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 2:58 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 6:34 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – It was another busy year for the Myrtle Beach International Airport.

New numbers from the airport show that in 2022, nearly 3.5 million passengers traveled in and out of the airport, which is a 7.7 increase from 2021.

Myrtle Beach resident James Demetrio said he’s noticed the number of people flying in and out of the Grand Strand.

“It’s good. I think a lot of people are looking for a place to live. They are moving out of cities, and there’s plenty of good reason for it. Is not safe to walk down the street,” said Demetrio.

As the number of travelers continues to grow, this also means people want to see improvements at the airport.

“There’s definitely a need for more parking if they are going to expand it like they plan on doing,” said Demetrio “I think they could improve more on the food. It’s going to be a big airport in the future and if you come here and you have one burger place to go to.”

Airport leaders said changes are on the horizon in order to accommodate the uptick in passengers.

“2022 was a great year for the Myrtle Beach International Airport,” said Judi Olmstead, Assistant Director of Airports. “With the added growth comes the need for improvements, and customers can look forward to the completion of a parking expansion project and the continued planning and design for a modest terminal expansion. We look forward to building upon another successful year and the ability to make MYR the best possible airport for our travelers.”

Along with parking and terminal expansions, airport spokesperson Ryan Betcher said they are hoping to bring in more airlines and more travel destination options.

“The airport really went out there and took advantage of that and promoted it to our air carriers to how strong the Myrtle Beach market was. We’ve seen that as a full kinda first-year recovery was 2022. It’s a very exciting thing for the airport overall. Summer went really smoothly, and we are excited to see what 2023 brings going forward,” Betcher said.

Some other highlights from 2022 include adding Avelo as a new airline at the airport which offers flights to Tweed New Haven Airport.

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The airport also introduced the Sunflower Lanyard Program which helps traveling for those with hidden disabilities.

MYR also added six new therapy dogs to its Pups Easing Travel Stress (PETS) Airport Therapy Dog Program, making a total of 10 furry friends to help those with any travel anxieties.

Southwest also announced new flights that will go from Myrtle Beach to Denver, Colorado starting June 10, 2023.