TOPEKA (AP) — A Topeka official says commercial flights from the city’s regional airport could resume by next year thanks to $2.2 million in government incentives.
Topeka Regional Airport, formerly called Forbes Field, hasn’t had commercial service since Allegiant Air halted its weekly round trips to Las Vegas in 2007.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority learned Tuesday that it has secured $950,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The state allocated $1 million earlier this year to lure commercial flights back to the airport, and the authority has set aside another $250,000.
Authority president Eric Johnson said the incentives will let the agency begin negotiating with airlines to serve the city.