The Grand Strand’s infrastructure of roads easily connects Myrtle Beach and Horry County to the rest of the Eastern Seaboard and beyond. Over the last seven years, Horry County has invested over $1.7 billion in roads and highways, and within the next five years, an additional $450 million will be spent.
Horry County is home to the Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR), which is served by seven major commercial airlines and all major cargo carriers, encompassing more than 29 direct routes, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Canada and more. MYR is also served by integrated carriers FedEx and UPS. The airport recently completed a $118 million expansion and renovation, bringing the total number of gates from seven to thirteen, which doubles the potential capacity. MYR has also completed a $20 million runway rehabilitation project, which will extend the life of the runway for another 20 years. There are also several other airport facilities located throughout Horry County.
Myrtle Beach Aviation is located at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The full-service FBO has direct access to a 9,500-ft. ILS runway and U.S. Customs.
Conway-Horry County Airport has a 4,401-ft. runway located just 5 miles west of Conway and serves general aviation aircraft with parking, refueling and maintenance.
Grand Strand Airport is located in North Myrtle Beach, featuring a towered airport with a 5,997-ft.-long runway. This airport offers a full-service FBO, which serves private and corporate aircraft.
*And just 2 miles northeast of Loris on Highway 301, there is an unattended, public-use airport that is an excellent training airport for practice approaches and landings for private aircraft.
The Intracoastal Waterway and Waccamaw River are the two bodies of water that run through Horry County. The area is also surrounded on the eastern side by the Atlantic Ocean, making for easy access for ships and boats. Ocean entry to future planned inland ports will become important to the landscape of the infrastructure in Horry County over the coming years.
Horry County is also located 100 miles or less from three major East Coast ports:
• The Port of Charleston (100 miles)
• The Port of Wilmington (86 miles)
• The Port of Georgetown (37 miles)
In August 2015, RJ Corman purchased the railroad that had not been used since 2011 from a previous ownership. This roughly 90 mile short line railroad connects the Myrtle Beach area to rural areas in North Carolina, that in turn provides access to nationwide lines. The operating railroad asissts in reducing transportation costs and opening up the market for current and new business to Horry County. In July 2016, a $10 million federal grant was awarded to Horry County for upgrades and improvement to the railroad to make transportation more efficient.
MBREDC leadership is currently working with area partners to restore rail service in Horry County.