Economy Tied to New Myrtle Beach Terminal

The $200 million terminal plan would double the number of airplane gates and nearly triple the square footage of the existing facility, meaning a wider choice of flights.

US Airways, a tenant at the airport, released a statement saying that "in today's economic environment, we are paying close attention to all of the costs of doing business, including airport fees" and that it will continue to have discussions with the county about the new terminal.

At the same time, the tourism industry is watching the county's plans with concern.

Many say the terminal and expanded air service are closely tied to the industry's future.

"Let's start the shovels. We need to move ahead with that terminal," McCamish said.

About 60 percent of golfers fly to the Grand Strand, and Golf Holiday hopes to increase that number by expanding air service across the country and abroad.

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