MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Myrtle Beach continues to rank as one of the fastest-growing family and vacation destinations in the United States attracting more than 16.1 million visitors annually.
Last year, the destination welcomed new nonstop air service and additional attractions for visitors. Given the accessibility and multitude of attractions for families, the Myrtle Beach area received several new accolades including being recognized as the most popular travel destination of 2014 by TripAdvisor, one of the top 10 best beaches for families by Family Vacation Critic and the best golf destination by USA Today.
A wave of growth continues in 2015 with the long-awaited opening of a large indoor sports complex adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, new kid-friendly attractions and multiple new hotel developments for the first time in more than five years.
With the completion of the new $300 million passenger terminal in early 2013, the Myrtle Beach International Airport continues to make improvements and renovations to the facility costing an additional $20 million. The former airport terminal concourse has started to undergo a renovation that will service as a fully functional airline and passenger handling area opening up two additional gates in late 2015.
The renovation will be complete with amenities, circulation space and improving the outside façade to blend-in with the look of the new terminal. In addition to these improvements, additional parking spaces will be available and the runway will be resurfaced. The target date for the project completion is Dec. 31, 2015. For more information, visit flymyrtlebeach.com.
Porter Airlines and WestJet Airlines are resuming seasonal nonstop air service to Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) in 2015. Porter began service from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) on Feb. 12 and will continue until May 18. February flights will be two days a week; March and April will be four days week; and, late April/May will be two days a week. WestJet will resume service from Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) on March 5 to Oct. 22. Flights will be two days a week on Thursdays and Sundays. For complete flight schedules and additional information, visit flyporter.com and WestJet.com.