MTAA Head Confident In Future Of Air Service For Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's Airport authority president is confident the Capital City can attract airline service.

Eric Johnson says the MTAA board has been working with a consultant for two years now. He says attracting air service to a market that's been without it can be a long process, especially in a difficult economy.

Johnson told 13 News Tuesday that he's not deterred by news Frontier Airlines is pulling out of Wichita. Johnson says Topeka has a strong potential passenger base which currently travels out of state for airport service. Plus, he says the Forbes Field terminal and facilities that are move-in ready just as soon as an airline commits.

Johnson says the effort is also bolstered by new state funding that allows MTAA to offer airlines a minimum revenue guarantee.

MTAA recently changed the name of the terminal and other airport facilities to Topeka Regional Airport. They believe the branding will help with marketing the facility. However, Johnson says the airstrip will always retain the name of Forbes Field.


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