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Archive for Thursday, July 24, 2014

United to end Topeka-Chicago flights in September

July 24, 2014

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— A Topeka official says United Airlines will end flights between the Kansas capital and Chicago on Sept. 2.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority President Eric Johnson made the announcement Wednesday. There have been twice-daily flights since January.

Topeka will have no regularly scheduled commercial flights. Before the United service started, the last commercial service was to Las Vegas through Allegiant Air in 2007.

United reported that Topeka passengers filled 49 percent of the available seats, compared with 86 percent for all of United’s flights to Chicago.

Also, the Topeka airport authority burned through the $1.95 million in state and federal funds it received to guarantee United’s revenues by the end of May, forcing the airline to cover shortfalls after that.

Comments

Tom Thomson 4 months ago

Disappointing, though certainly not surprising. Choosing United to run the flights was the first mistake and the second was poor advertising, IMO. When you've got a whole college campus full of students that need to travel, you should put your best into advertising to that group. Sadly, very little was done in Lawrence, causing most in the community to remain unaware of the flight..

Perhaps they'll be able to make it successful with an AA flt. to DFW in the future.

Eric MacDonald 4 months ago

...or twice daily flights to different hubs. Anyone flying west would probably avoid flying to Chicago. Maybe one flight to Chicago and the other to Dallas. Given that each of the flights had a 49% fill rate, had they consolidated those flights to one flight per day to Chicago they might have achieved 86% or closer to it.

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