Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR) (IATA: MYR, ICAO: KMYR, FAA LID: MYR) is a county-owned, public-use airport located three miles (5 km) southwest of the central business district of Myrtle Beach, a city in Horry County, South Carolina, United States.
The airport is located on site of the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. On 22 March 1975, an agreement was made for joint civilian-military aviation activities at the base. Airport construction began on the northeast side of the Air Force Base runway on 19 July 1975 and opened to commercial aviation in 1976. This replaced the commercial airport located in the Crescent Beach area of North Myrtle Beach, which became Grand Strand Airport (CRE) and now serves private and corporate aircraft with parking, refueling, and maintenance.
The airport is a launch abort site for the Space Shuttle. It has never been needed.
Back on 20 April 1977, an agreement between the City of Myrtle Beach and the U.S. Department of Defense was signed, which incorporated the area of Myrtle Beach International Airport into the city. Until 1993, both MYR and Myrtle Beach AFB jointly used the main runway. Back in 1993, the Air Force closed the base as a result of BRAC 1991. The runway and other portions of the former military flight line were then turned over to the Horry County Department of Airports.
The airport formerly served as a hub for Hooters Air, before that airline's shutdown in 2006. For 2008, US Airways was the dominating carrier.