"We anticipate having larger aircraft," Funnye said. "We are working through our [fixed base officer] and putting together a marketing plan to market that facility. We have a waiting list of about four owners that are interested in coming to Georgetown."
Horry County has been working on airport upgrades for several years.
Since 2004, there have been more than $5.6 million in improvements to Horry County's airports including obstruction removal, fuel farm improvements, hangar re-roofing and land acquisition.
In 2009, Horry County plans to replace all airfield wiring and to acquire land at both Loris and Conway-Horry airports.
At Myrtle Beach International Airport, construction has started on the new 10,000-square-foot general aviation terminal. The new building is expected to be completed in October 2009. Other improvements include security system upgrades, airfield drainage improvements, new state-of-the-art aircraft firefighting equipment and a new 150-foot-wide taxiway, according to the Horry County Department of Airports' latest update. Contact ALIANA RAMOS at 443-2434.
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The Horry County Department of Airports has received a $340,251 grant to help pay for a study that will examine the need for a new regional airport.
The previous manager, Kathryn Sok, resigned last week, citing personal reasons, officials said.
Issues over development at Myrtle Beach continue
The plan to rekindle the airport expansion by creating a joint city-county board was unveiled by a group of six County Council members this week.