United Airlines Nears Final Departure From Topeka Airport

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - After only eight months, United Airlines will end its air service at Topeka Regional Airport effective Tuesday.

According to flight status information posted to United's web site, some of the final flights Monday afternoon between Topeka and Chicago O'Hare Airport were nearly full. Among the passengers was Mahood Nasrazadani. He said it was a lot more convenient to drive to Topeka from his home in Emporia to catch a flight that would connect through Chicago than it was to drive to Kansas City or Wichita.

Nasrazadani had purchased his tickets before United's July 23 announcement that its final flights from Topeka would be September 2. He says the airline contacted him to make different arrangements for his return.

Despite the turnout in the final days, overall, United said the service failed to meet revenue and passenger forecasts. On average, 49 percent of seats on the flights were filled compared with an average 86 percent on all United's Chicago flights.

More than 16,000 people have used the service since it took off January 7th. Marie Houdish, who was boarding a flight Monday, said it was sad for Topeka and the state to lost such a convenient service.

Customers who had booked flights after Tuesday were offered options of a refund, travel credit or rebooking flights through Kansas City.