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Milestone for Myrtle Beach International Airport

Myrtle Beach Airport (Source: WMBF) Myrtle Beach Airport (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) -  Myrtle Beach International Airport has surpassed a major milestone, and officials are flying high about it.

Airport officials indicate this past year has been the biggest year the airport has ever had.

During a special ceremony held Thursday at the airport, officials announced that 2010 saw the largest number of flyers travel through MYR. The largest year to date had been 2007 with 839,450 travelers. That record was broken in late December, and officials numbers for the year will be released next week.

Officials expect that number to continue to climb as Myrtle Beach becomes a prime tourist attraction. Airport officials hope to see 1 million flyers pass through MYR in 2011.

Meanwhile, cab services say they are profiting as well as more people continue to fly in and out of Myrtle Beach International. Diamond Cab service has seen a 30 percent increase in its clientele because of airport runs this year.

"Maybe you get an extra run a couple of nights a week that you wouldn't have gotten. And that can mean a big difference," Cab Driver Michael Dickson said. He attributes the increase in flyer to strong the expansion and strong marketing campaign.

"Somebody's doing something right because the overall taxi business is declining, but the airport has picked up," states Dickson.

Representatives from Horry County, The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday were also in attendance for the ceremony.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

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