MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The next time you arrive at or exit Myrtle Beach International Airport, you’ll be the 2021 Category II-IV Airport of the Year.
MYR was named the 2021 Category II-IV Airport of the Year for its outstanding operational performance in 2021 as part of the TSA’s annual honors awards.
“It’s a great honor to have an airport recognized, but the real recognition comes from the workforce and the leadership that always shows through a positive attitude and team spirit,” said David McMahon, TSA Federal Security Director for South Carolina. “Myrtle Beach’s workforce and additional dispatchers deserve recognition for their outstanding performance.”
Passenger volume at the airport increased by 200% in July and August from 2020 to 2021 and by around 40% compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2019.
MYR management has worked closely with the State and TSA Headquarters to secure additional staff and resources to maintain a strong security posture and screen passengers as efficiently as possible.
This posture included the addition of the TSA’s National Deployment Agent (NDO) force and the TSA’s explosive detection canine teams. Both have been deployed at the airport to help with the dramatic increase in passenger volume, which exceeded screening lane capacity by up to four lanes during peak periods last summer.
Myrtle Beach shares the title of airport of the year with Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, selected among major airports.
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