Topeka’s troubled commercial airline history

TOPEKA (KSNT) – United Airline’s announcement Wednesday it will end service to Topeka Regional Airport on September 2nd is the latest blow to the region’s efforts to maintain regular commercial air service.

Commercial air service first began at Forbes field in may, 1976.

A month later Frontier Airlines initiated the first jet service to Topeka.

Frontier Airlines pulled out in 1984, leaving only Capital and Midway Airlines.

Midway stopped operating here the following year.

Air Midwest ended flights from Topeka to Kansas City in 2003.

Allegiant Airlines offered service to Las Vegas from march 2006 to July of 2007.

Before United announced their flights to and from Chicago last fall, it had been seven years since commercial flights had flown from Forbes field.

Every carrier that has pulled out of the capitol city has blamed the fact that they couldn’t fill the flights.

Despite the lack of commercial success, Topeka Regional Airport is still an active home to aviation.

that’s where the Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing and the 1st Battalion 108th Aviation Regiment of the Kansas Army National Guard are based.

Also, chartered flights frequently use Forbes Field.

University of Kansas athletic teams and their opponents fly in and out of Topeka Regional.

In the end, the Airport Authority’s latest efforts to get people to “Fly Topeka” have failed, at least for now.

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