If you have ever moved to a new house, apartment, or office by yourself, you know how much of a pain it can be. The moving process can be filled with many different emotions. On the one hand, you’re probably excited about the new adventure that lies ahead of you. On the other hand, you’re probably dreading the heavy lifting, pulling, packing, organizing, and logistical aspects of moving.
At Strong Men Moving, our goal is to remove that dread so you can focus on the fun and productive times ahead. With a team of hardworking, experienced moving professionals on your side, moving to a new home or office is easy, like Sunday morning.
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Strong Men Moving is a full-service moving company in Myrtle Beach. We run our trucks at 110%, meaning we go above and beyond what other movers in Myrtle Beach are willing to do.
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When we say convenience is king, we mean it. We’re talking nights, weekends, and availability 24-hours a day from Monday through Saturday. Our goal is to make your move as stress-free and simple as possible. That way, you have time to focus on enjoying your new home or office, while we worry about hauling your double vanity into the back of our truck.
When you bring in the Strong Men, you can rest assured that you’re getting a full-service, friendly experience from the minute we pull into your driveway to the minute we shake your hand goodbye. Unlike some moving companies in Myrtle Beach, punctuality is not our poison. We strive to arrive on time to each job that we are hired to perform.
Here are some of the most popular moving services our customers use:
Along with divorce and the loss of a job, moving is listed as one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through in their lifetime. When you consider the packing, the lifting, the scheduling, and the general disruption that moving can have on your life, it’s easy to understand why.
As the premier moving company in Myrtle Beach, our goal is to carry your moving burden, so you can stay focused on your daily life. You can rest easy knowing our movers in Myrtle Beach will always show up to your home with a positive attitude, friendly smile, and motivation to work. We treat your property like it was our own and take great care in handling all the items we move for you.
In addition, we prep our team of movers for many situations and provide thorough training on the fundamentals of moving, packing, risk management, and more.
If you own specialty items such as art, antiques, or other valuables, we will take every precaution necessary to ensure your possessions arrive to your new home safe and sound.
Whether you’re moving to a new home down the street or are coming from another state, we have the experience, tools, and professional movers to do the job correctly. We even offer additional residential moving services that include packing, unpacking, overnight storage, and much more.
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Do you already have reliable transportation but still need a team of professional movers to handle your heavy lifting? Strong Men Moving now offers labor-only moving services in Myrtle Beach for both residential and commercial moving projects.
A few benefits of labor-only moving include:
Myrtle Beach and the surrounding metropolitan area is a hot spot for business. Dozens of companies scout Myrtle Beach each year as a new place to call home, where they can broaden their horizons and find new clients. What some businesses do not take into account is the logistics and headaches involved with moving to a new location.
Strong Men Moving has built a reputation as a leader in commercial moving services in Myrtle Beach. We have the tools, team, and experience necessary to facilitate a smooth move for your business at a reasonable price.
In our experience as a commercial moving company in Myrtle Beach, we have discovered that it can be complicated to move to a new business location. During this transition, we know that you need:
To make sure we meet the requirements above, we will speak with you at length about your upcoming commercial business relocation. That way, we get a better understanding of the logistics involved. We will also provide you with a free quote, so you can plan your budget ahead of time.
At Strong Men Moving, some common commercial moving services include:
Whether you have to move a few office chairs down the street or need help transitioning to a new location, we are here to serve.
Did you find a bunch of unwanted junk after moving to a new office? Do you have an old, stinky couch taking up room in your basement? Don’t sweat it – we will remove the old junk from your home or office quicker than you can say, “trash it!”
With Strong Men Moving’s refuse removal services, we can haul away all the heavy, unusable items that your trash service won’t pick up.
A few common junk removal items that we can remove for you are:
If you’re like most average folks living in the U.S., you probably have hundreds of items lying around your house that need to be packed before you can move to a new home. Packing can be a massive source of frustration, especially for busy families and professionals who don’t have the time or patience to pack.
Why risk a sprained back or a throbbing headache when Strong Men Moving can handle all the packing for you? With our professional packing services in Myrtle Beach, you can sit back and sip some sweet tea while we pack your keepsakes, furniture, electronics, clothes, and more. If you have valuable items like family heirlooms or fragile china, we will take extra care to make sure those items stay safe and unbroken during your upcoming move.
Why hire a moving company in Myrtle Beach like Strong Men Moving to help you pack? Here’s why most of our clients want us to pack for them:
Don’t have many items to pack this time around? Ask us about our high-quality packing supplies like boxes, tape, furniture pads, and covers. We’re here to help in any way that we can!
If you have a large-scale cleanout project, we can help with that, too. Our home and commercial cleanout services are great if you need to dispose of a large number of items in a short period of time.
All you have to do is give us a call, and we’ll come to your location to remove your unwanted items, taking care not to damage your home or office. Once we have removed your refuse, we’ll dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly fashion to help protect the Lowcountry we love so much.
A few common cleanout services in Myrtle Beach include:
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Established in 2019, Strong Men Moving has quickly become a leading moving company in Myrtle Beach, SC. We have built our reputation on reliability, performance, price, and a positive attitude. We truly feel privileged to serve the residents of South Carolina. Our goal is to provide quality customer service with speed and diligence to all clients. We treat all of our customers the same, whether they hire us for a multi-facility commercial move or just need help loading and unloading a moving truck.
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The latest update from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., indicates forecasters are increasingly confident that the area will see freezing rain, slick roads, and downed trees and power lines caused by ice. The storm is expected to begin early Friday and last through Saturday morning, though ice may not begin to melt for a couple days.An ice-storm warning is in effect in a South Carolina county and five...
The latest update from the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., indicates forecasters are increasingly confident that the area will see freezing rain, slick roads, and downed trees and power lines caused by ice. The storm is expected to begin early Friday and last through Saturday morning, though ice may not begin to melt for a couple days.
An ice-storm warning is in effect in a South Carolina county and five North Carolina counties, according to the NWS. Those are Horry County, S.C., and Columbus Brunswick, Bladen, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina.
In Horry County, the storm prompted schools to move to online learning Friday, Horry County Schools announced Wednesday.
A winter-weather advisory is underway in eight other counties in the Carolinas, the NWS said. Those are South Carolina’s Georgetown, Florence, Marion, Williamsburg, Darlington, Dillon and Marlboro, and Robeson County in North Carolina.
Freezing rain is expected to begin Friday morning and last through the afternoon as the storm moves south. The storm is expected to end Saturday morning with up to a half-inch of sleet, snow, or both.
Icy conditions are expected to remain throughout the day Saturday, even after precipitation has stopped.
Threats posed by the severe weather include downed trees, power outages and dangerous travel conditions.
“It only takes a quarter inch of freezing rain to add hundreds of pounds of weight onto trees,” Steve Pfaff with the NWS told The Sun News.
The cold front is expected to arrive in the area Thursday evening, moving west to east. Arctic air brought on by the cold front could become dangerous for people without power for long periods of time. The coldest temperatures are expected along I-95, away from the coast.
Dangerous conditions in coastal waters are expected to persist until Saturday evening, including a gale warning in North Carolina waters and a small-craft advisory in South Carolina waters.
Forecasters expect winds between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts up to 25 mph, which could add additional stress to icy trees and power lines, the NWS said.
Minor coastal flooding may line up with high tides Friday and Saturday morning, with Wilmington being the most likely to see minor flooding.
The coronavirus pandemic continued to be a boon for golf in 2021, and the Myrtle Beach market was a beneficiary of the game’s resurgence, particularly from the summer on.Propelled by perhaps the best second half to a year in two decades, the number of rounds played on the Grand Strand’s public courses increased approximately 19 percent compared to 2020, leading to a green fee revenue increase of approximately 46 percent.It is believed to be the most rounds played in at least 18 years in the market, which stretches f...
The coronavirus pandemic continued to be a boon for golf in 2021, and the Myrtle Beach market was a beneficiary of the game’s resurgence, particularly from the summer on.
Propelled by perhaps the best second half to a year in two decades, the number of rounds played on the Grand Strand’s public courses increased approximately 19 percent compared to 2020, leading to a green fee revenue increase of approximately 46 percent.
It is believed to be the most rounds played in at least 18 years in the market, which stretches from Georgetown, S.C., to Boliva, N.C., and more than 30 courses have closed over those years. The numbers break down to an average of approximately 38,300 rounds per course last year.
With advanced tee time bookings well ahead of last year, course operators are optimistic for an even more successful year in 2022.
The numbers are according to rounds played on the 62 Grand Strand courses that are currently members of the Golf Tourism Solutions technology and marketing agency that promotes the market, which is one of the world’s premier golf destinations with more than 80 courses, including more than 70 public layouts.
Rounds and revenue also increased significantly in 2021 compared to pre-pandemic 2019.
“The courses need it, we all need it. It’s been a lot of tough years,” said Parker Smith, president of Golf Trek, one of the Grand Strand’s largest golf package providers.
Because the numbers take into account only current GTS courses, they do not include rounds at courses that closed in 2021 or dropped their GTS membership.
Farmstead Golf Links and The Witch Golf Links both closed late in 2021. Century Golf Partners’ five courses in the market — three at Legends Resort, Heritage Club and Oyster Bay Golf Links — Whispering Pines, Brunswick Plantation, Indigo Creek, Beachwood Golf Club and Carolina National are no longer part of GTS.
There were 2.374 million rounds played on those 62 courses in 2021, according to GTS, which was up from 1.993 million in 2020 and 2.128 million in 2019.
Revenue from the rounds increased from $71.7 million in 2020 to $104.3 million in 2021.
2021 got off to a moderate start.
A COVID surge and travel-related government restrictions contributed to play and revenue being either down or only minimally up in February, March, April and May 2021 compared to those months in 2019.
But rounds and revenue increased double-digit percentage points in each of the last eight months of 2021 compared to both 2020 and 2019, with the lone exception being a 7 percent rounds increase in November 2021 compared to 2020.
“I wouldn’t call last year a good year, because the pandemic was still greatly impacting us during our peak season, which was the spring,” said Claude Pardue, president of DG Golf Management, which owns and operates The Wizard and Man O’War courses and previously owned The Witch. “But I would call the last seven months of the year really good. We had a really good fall.”
COVID led to golf nationally enjoying a resurgence after a couple stagnant/declining decades, and rounds in the Myrtle Beach market in 2020 outpaced those in 2019 in six of the final seven months of the year.
Many states, including North Carolina and South Carolina, kept golf courses open while many other indoor activities were closed due to the coronavirus, leading more people to golf courses more frequently.
Yet rounds on the Grand Strand were down 7.8 percent and revenue was down 20 percent for the entire year in 2020 compared to 2019, according to GTS, because of the loss of traveling golfers and package play, particularly in the normally lucrative spring season when many states were on lockdown due to COVID’s emergence.
“Coming out of COVID it was crazy. Golf has been nuts,” Smith said. “I think in the 2021 spring the market missed a little bit with people still being COVID fearful. Typically, April for the 17 years I’ve been doing it is always the busiest month of traveling package golf, and we actually had more golfers play on a package basis in October for the first time ever. People were just ready to get out. It was a really, really good fall.”
Through November, total rounds of golf in the U.S. were up 5.6% over 2020, according to a report by Golf Datatech in partnership with the National Golf Foundation, and that is after rounds played in the U.S. were up nearly 14 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.
Play in 2021 was projected through November to surpass 2020’s total by approximately 20 million to 25 million rounds, and this past December saw mild temperatures in many parts of the country, particularly the mid-Atlantic.
The 2020 increase came in spite of debilitating COVID impacts that spring. The industry lost an estimated 20 million rounds due to coronavirus-related course shutdowns in March and April, when more than half of the 16,000-plus courses in the country were temporarily closed, according to the NGF.
Rounds increased in 2020 compared to 2019 in each of the final eight months of the year, according to Golf Datatech, to total more than 502 million rounds for the year for an increase of 61 million rounds over 2019.
The only larger increase in rounds played in a year on record was in 1997, when a 21-year-old Tiger Woods won the Masters by 12 strokes and the number of rounds jumped by 63 million compared to 1996.
Golf equipment sales have followed suit. Retail sales of balls and equipment were up nearly 35% through November vs. 2020, according to Golf Datatech.
Total sales of clubs and balls in 2020 surpassed 2019’s numbers at $2.9 billion despite a 31% dip in March and April of 2020. The increase was fueled by the biggest July on record contributing to the second highest quarter ever.
“There’s just a lot of interest in golf now,” Smith said. “I think COVID introduced a lot of people back to it.”
Projections for 2022 in Myrtle Beach are even more encouraging than 2021’s statistics.
According to GTS, rounds already booked at the agency’s 62 courses for the remainder of the year as of Jan. 1 are up 20 percent for a projected revenue increase of approximately 31 percent at an average of $5 more per round. Nearly 400,000 rounds were reserved as of New Year’s Day.
“That indicates there’s a lot of pent-up demand still to come to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and play a round of golf,” said Tracy Conner, GTS president of technology and Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owners Association executive director.
Smith said he has been booking spring packages since August and has had by far the most advanced spring rounds booked in his 17 years in business.
“It’s super strong. We’ve had a lot of advanced bookings, more than ever,” Smith said. “I think they probably missed last spring’s trip, for those who didn’t do it, so they were like, ‘Man, we’ve got to get this down.’ We’ve had crazy growth for advanced bookings from August through November. Like more than 100 percent compared to last year, which was a COVID year but it was still strong.
“Now because the prices change — because as they fill up they raise the rate — the earlier you book the better the price is.”
Course profits have been boosted in recent years by dynamic pricing that fluctuates by day and time of day to take advantage of more coveted tee times and increased demand.
Increased operating costs for course owners and managers have cut into their profits, however. The golf industry has experienced much of the inflation and rising costs of products and delivery that other U.S. industries are facing nearly two years into the pandemic.
“Just for winter grass this year, the cost of grass is up 53 percent,” Smith said. “Everything is more expensive. The average golfer doesn’t think of that. But we’re still positioned pretty well as a good destination with a combination of everything.”
What may benefit spring golf is the return of more Canadians in the form of both weekly vacationers and longer-term snowbirds. The Canadian government adopted border restrictions last winter and spring that made it difficult for Canadians to leave.
GTS is currently marketing heavily in Canada to entice golfers to return, and nonstop Porter Air flights from Toronto to Myrtle Beach have been reinstated beginning March 9.
“That was a huge hit for us, certainly the snowbird traffic and then Canadian travel in general,” said GTS CEO Bill Golden, who said there are additional conversations with airlines to add flights from Canada to Myrtle Beach. “As a destination in general we need to get back and market as heavily if not invest more dollars than we ever have to encourage that traffic to come back. It’s a significant piece of business for us.”
2022 is more than promising for the Myrtle Beach golf industry.
“I actually think the future of the golf business is real exciting in our segment of the business,” Pardue said. “I’m excited about where we can go.”
Totals are rounds played on GTS’ current 62 courses
Totals are rounds played on GTS’ current 62 courses
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* Statistics according to Golf Tourism Solutions
One of the biggest winter storms in years is on its way to Myrtle Beach, a place that isn’t used to, well, winter storms.Winter storm effects will start Friday morning. The storm has the potential to bring sleet, freezing rain, ice accumulation and (maybe) some snow, according to the National Weather Service.“The main threat at this time is the potential for dangerous ice accumulations, which could cause downed trees/limbs, power outages and hazardous travel,” the NWS said in a written briefing Wednesday eveni...
One of the biggest winter storms in years is on its way to Myrtle Beach, a place that isn’t used to, well, winter storms.
Winter storm effects will start Friday morning. The storm has the potential to bring sleet, freezing rain, ice accumulation and (maybe) some snow, according to the National Weather Service.
“The main threat at this time is the potential for dangerous ice accumulations, which could cause downed trees/limbs, power outages and hazardous travel,” the NWS said in a written briefing Wednesday evening.
The areas closest to the coast are expected to see 0.01-0.1 inches of ice and inland areas could see 0.25-0.5 inches of ice. However, even small amounts of ice can be dangerous, the NWS warns.
“Even a quarter inch of ice can add a tremendous amount of weight to trees and powerlines,” the NWS said in the briefing.
There is little chance of snow from the storm in Horry County. The county is likely to see wind gusts of 25-30 mph, especially along the coast. The NWS said those gusts could add stress to trees and powerlines already weighed down by ice.
“Santee Cooper is monitoring the forecast and preparing for another round of winter weather. Our main goals include being prepared, keeping our crews and customers safe, and keeping the lights on for all of our customers across the state,” Santee Cooper’s chief customer officer Mike Poston said in a press release Wednesday. “We will begin restoration efforts as soon as we safely can if we experience outages from this winter weather.”
Residents can report outages online at stormcenter.santeecooper.com or by calling 888-769-7688.
Wintry precipitation is expected to stop by the end of the day Saturday.
It will stay chilly after the storm, with morning lows in the 20s Saturday through Monday. Saturday’s high will be in the mid-30s and in the mid to upper 40s on Sunday and Monday.
Need to head somewhere in the next few days? Here are some tips from South Carolina Highway Patrol.
The state Department of Transportation has plenty of methods for taking care of South Carolina’s roads. Ahead of and during the storm, the agency will be out prepping roads and de-icing them.
Horry County Public Works also has equipment to “remove and mitigate the effects of snow/ice should the need arise,” county emergency management spokesman Thomas Bell said in an email last year. The county also works with the Red Cross to offer shelters to residents who don’t have a warm place to stay if it gets to cold at night, Bell said in an email. If your home loses power or heat for more than a few hours, residents can text SHELTER and their zip code to 43362 to find the nearest shelter to them.
As for driving, it’s still a good idea to avoid the roads if you can, Highway Patrol Master Trooper Brian Jones said.
And yes, Jones has heard it before: You grew up driving in snow! You’re a pro at this.
Snow is very different than ice. South Carolina’s warmer climate means we more often get ice, which creates slick and incredibly dangerous roads compared to the gritty snow-covered streets (that still provide good traction) drivers from, well, places with snow might be used to, Jones said.
“Whenever we see accumulation then freezing overnight, ice forms. It makes for a dangerous driving experience,” Jones said. “So whenever we see a winter weather event, we see our call volume increase drastically. We respond to a lot more collisions than we ordinarily would. So our message there is if you don’t have to be out on the roadways, save yourself the trouble to stay home.”
Keep in mind that there is also a chance that any accumulated water on the ground can also refreeze during the evening, especially on Saturday night, when it will be the coldest. That will create dangerous road conditions Saturday night and into Sunday morning until all of the precipitation melts and drains away in the coming days.
For those who have to drive, keep an eye out for people working on de-icing the roads. The Department of Transportation has loads of resources for helping melt ice on roads and keeping them from freezing. This week, they’ll be out in full force working to keep the state’s roads safe. Slow down to make sure they can do their work safely. Keep in mind that salt trucks and snow plows tend to move pretty slowly, so they can cover the entire roadway.
“The safest solution is for drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible. If you must drive, slow down and watch for crews performing de-icing and plowing operations,” Department of Transportation Secretary Christy Hall said in a statement.
(CNN)It's been nearly seven years since the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina, last issued an ice warning for its area. Now, over 10 million people along coastal parts of Virginia and the Carolinas are under winter weather alerts.Ice storm warnings on Thursday include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, where up to a half-inch of ice could bring down trees and power lines and cause dan...
(CNN)It's been nearly seven years since the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, North Carolina, last issued an ice warning for its area. Now, over 10 million people along coastal parts of Virginia and the Carolinas are under winter weather alerts.
Ice storm warnings on Thursday include Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Wilmington, where up to a half-inch of ice could bring down trees and power lines and cause dangerous road conditions.
The governors of North and South Carolina have issued states of emergency in preparation for the winter weather.
"It all starts first with the cold front that's going to move through the Carolinas during the daytime" Thursday, said Nick Petro, warning coordination meteorologist at the weather service office in Raleigh, North Carolina.
That cold front and low pressure system will usher in precipitation and a very cold air mass behind the front -- cold enough to bring winter weather elements Thursday night through Saturday. The low pressure system's location -- whether offshore or closer to the coast -- will determine how much rain, snow and ice these areas see.
"If it's too far offshore, you literally could have nothing," Petro told CNN Weather. "But if it stays close to the shore, then we could have a wintry mix of snow, some sleet, maybe some freezing rain closer to the coast."
Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina are likely to see widespread freezing rain late Thursday night into Friday. On Saturday, conditions could shift to sleet and snow.
"Our best forecast is that areas away from the immediate coast and beaches will see a quarter of an inch, maybe as much as four-10ths of an inch of ice, lower amounts near the coast and maybe some lower amounts where some sleet and snow will mix in along our I-95 corridor counties," Mark Bacon, meteorologist at the Wilmington weather service office, said.
A little farther north in Virginia, temperatures will be just cool enough that most precipitation will be in the form of snow.
From Raleigh up through Virginia Beach and Norfolk, 2 to 4 inches of snow are forecast.
When it comes to ice, travel and power outages remain the most significant concerns.
In coastal South Carolina and Georgia, where freezing conditions are "fairly rare," icing will be the main challenge, said Steven Taylor, lead forecaster with Charleston, South Carolina, weather office.
"Any type of icing is significant for us, but we have a lot of elevated bridges and roadways across, especially the Charleston and Savannah metro areas. So, any type of icing that could occur will certainly be a problem for travelers."
Note: Based on utilities' self-reported outage information on their public websites. Information is not available from all utilities. "Customers" typically represent points where power service ends, which could include individual homes, companies or entire apartment buildings. Lighter gray areas indicate missing data.
Another concern is what happens after the storm passes. By Saturday night, temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s across much of the Carolinas, making for dangerous conditions if customers lose power.
"People succumb to carbon monoxide poisoning when they're using heaters that aren't rated for the indoors," he said, adding that people should avoid any unnecessary travel from Friday through Saturday morning, when the storm will be at its worst.
And if you do run a generator, Taylor emphasized, make sure it is in a well-ventilated space.
CNN Meteorologist Tom Sater contributed to this story.
Cabin fever was over for Myrtle Beach in 2021, at least at the airport.Long a destination for driving, Myrtle Beach International Airport saw thousands of new flights, destinations and hundreds of thousands of new air travelers passing through its gates last year.The airport had 3.2 million passengers pass through in 2021, a 188% increase over 2020, which like other airports, was hit hard by the pandemic, the airport ...
Cabin fever was over for Myrtle Beach in 2021, at least at the airport.
Long a destination for driving, Myrtle Beach International Airport saw thousands of new flights, destinations and hundreds of thousands of new air travelers passing through its gates last year.
The airport had 3.2 million passengers pass through in 2021, a 188% increase over 2020, which like other airports, was hit hard by the pandemic, the airport reported in a news release Wednesday. That’s also a 23% increase over 2019, the previous record holder for most passengers, when 2.6 million people made their way through its doors.
Part of the increase is attributed to Southwest Airlines’ expansion to the airport in May, adding dozens of new flights every week, the airport reported.
Spirit also added hundreds of new flights every week during the summer as it marked its 25th year of service to MYR. Frontier and United added several new nonstop flights to the airport.
Finally, at the end of the year, Canada’s Porter Airlines announced that it would resume flights between Toronto and Myrtle Beach in March for the first time since the pandemic began.
“This has been an incredible year for both the airport and our community as a whole,” said Scott Van Moppes, Horry County director of airports, in a statement.
“Our transition from the challenges and uncertainty of 2020 to the significant recovery of 2021 is a testament to the resilience of the Grand Strand and Horry County,” he said.
Yet, even as the airport hails 2021 as hallmark year, the airport’s growth wasn’t easy for some passengers. The airport routinely experienced a record number of travelers, even in times known for being less busy, like October.
In past years, MYR was an airport known for its last-minute travelers. Travelers could arrive at the airport 45 minutes before their flight left, breeze through security and make it onboard with plenty of time to spare. The airport was like that for much of the year, local tourism experts said, even during the summer.
Those days came to an end last summer. In June and July, the airport had hours-long lines to get through security. The lines were so long, they stretched the entire length of the airport at peak times on the weekends.
Reports became abundant of people missing flights because they were stuck in line trying to get through security. Others complained about not being able to order food — or having to abandon it before it was ready — once they were inside security because those lines also were too long.
By midsummer, the airport and the Transportation Security Administration were regularly reminding passengers to show up at least three hours early. They stressed that that meant getting to the airport three hours before the flight, not leaving the hotel three hours before.
Airport officials had little control over some problems. As the summer went on, it became harder to get a rental car. A few times, people reported finally being able to get a car after waiting in line for hours, only to find that the car itself was dirty. In some cases, they stuck with the car, needing a way to get around since the area lacks a strong public transportation system and cars from ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft could cost more than $100 at peak hours, for those who could get a ride at all.
The airport also dealt with hundreds of flight cancellations as COVID made staffing planes harder and bad weather snarled air traffic around the country. Spirit, the airport’s primary carrier, had dozens of cancellations per day for a week in late July and early August, leaving hundreds of people stranded.
By mid-July, however, airport officials were getting a handle on the surge in passengers. TSA had been able to make several operational changes to speed up security processing.
At its worst, the airport had a 71-minute wait time to get through security on July 3. Within a week, the agency was able to cut that down to 38 minutes.
Now, the airport is looking ahead. Plans are underway to expand its existing terminal to add more gates in the next few years. The airport is also adding 100,000 gallons of fuel storage capacity to help with the new flights and will spend $20 million to upgrade its rental car lot.
”As we look toward the future, the airport team is committed to continually improving both the customer experience and operational efficiency, and will always strive to make MYR the gold standard for airports around the nation,” Van Moppes said in a statement.