Mar 09 2006

Graham, DeMint, and Brown Announce $7.7 Million for Myrtle Beach International Airport

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, along with Congressman Henry Brown, today announced Myrtle Beach International Airport will receive two grants totaling $7.7 million. The first $4 million grant is the first installment of a $43 million grant announced in January. The funds will be used for design and construction of approximately 172,000 square yards of terminal apron and taxiway. The apron is designed to accommodate 14 aircraft parking positions for all types of passenger aircraft expected at the airport through 2020. The second grant of $3.703 million will continue the design and construction of the new terminal building and access road as well as the newly relocated terminal area development. “I’m pleased we were able to help Myrtle Beach Airport receive these federal funds,” said Graham. “We must continue to build the necessary infrastructure to allow the airport to grow. Air travel is very important to Myrtle Beach and the tourism economy. People love visiting Myrtle Beach and the more convenient we can make it to get there the better.” “These grants will help provide one of the vital pieces of the puzzle making Myrtle Beach international a world class airport,” said DeMint. “The economic growth that will result is well worth these investments.” “This is great news for Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand,” said Brown. “Expansion of the Myrtle Beach International Airport will offer greater opportunities for flight-related business ventures and improved avenues of access for air travelers.” The grant will be administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. #####