Review: Myrtle Beach Scenery
By Bill Stack
Screen shots by The Airport Guys
Myrtle Beach is a resort city on the Atlantic Coast of the United States, in the state of South Carolina. The beach and ancillary facilities have been popular tourist attractions for decades. About 15 million tourists visit every summer. Major shopping centers, night clubs, IMAX theaters and similar year-round attractions that have been added in recent years have extended the tourist season beyond summer months. Myrtle Beach has almost 500 hotels and almost 2,000 restaurants.
Climate at Myrtle Beach is humid subtropical, consistent with the Gulf coast and southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States. Summers are long, hot, and humid. Winters are short and mild. Thunderstorms are common and can be severe, but tornadoes are rare. The area is vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms, however.
Tourism at Myrtle Beach began in 1899 as railroad workers who were laying tracks in South Carolina went to the beach on their time off. Seeing an opportunity to develop a tourist area comparable to Florida's beaches, the railroad company laid tracks to the beach. The Seaside Inn opened in 1901. In those days, tourists went to beaches in large numbers by train. Myrtle Beach has been a man-made island since the intracoastal waterway was built in the 1930s, separating the city from the mainland.
Myrtle Beach International Airport (KMYR) began as a municipal airport in 1939 but was taken over by the United States Air Corp in 1940. Commercial flights began in 1976, sharing the field with the military airbase until the military withdrew in 1993. Domestic commercial traffic is to/from airports as far away as Boston and Chicago, with regular flights to/from Atlanta and Charlotte and other eastern U.S. cities. As an international airport since 1996, it offers seasonal flights to and from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its one runway, 18/36, is 9,503 feet (2,897 meters) long. Forty-two aircraft are based there, and the airport handled 106,000 operations during the 12-month period ending 28 February 2011. It handled 840,000 passengers in 2010, and it hoped to handle over one million in 2011. A new terminal was funded in 2010. The airport was designated a Space Shuttle abort-launch site but was never used for that purpose. Major airlines include Delta, United, and US Airways. It was a hub for Hooters Air from 2003 to 2006.
Proportionate usage for the 12-month period ending February 28, 2011, according to Wikipedia, was as follows:
- 106,356 aircraft operations, an average of 291 per day
- Air taxi (charter): 63 percent
- Scheduled commercial: 16 percent
- General aviation: 16 percent
- Military: 5 percent
- Aircraft based at this airport: 42