Officials celebrate new airport with ribbon cutting

March 24, 2013 

MYRTLE BEACH A crowd who attended the ribbon cutting Sunday at the new Myrtle Beach International Airport terminal got an early look at what travelers will see beginning April 2.

In the little more than a week between Sunday and opening day, staff at the airport will be making final checks and testing all systems in the new facility to ensure a smooth opening, said Michael La Pier, airport director.

But on Sunday area leaders took in the $118 million terminal, some touring more than once.

Asked his thoughts about the new building, former Myrtle Beach City Councilman Chuck Martino responded, “shock and awe.”

The new terminal features more space and more gates than the existing airport. It also has remote check-in kiosks for passengers and new restaurants, including Nacho Hippo and Steak n’ Shake.

The old airport will be closed after the April 2 opening, according to La Pier.

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