Topeka Regional Airport, formerly Forbes Field, is a public airport owned by the Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority located seven miles south of downtown Topeka, the capital city of Kansas in the United States. Serving the city of Topeka in Shawnee County, the airport is categorised as a general aviation airport by the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011-2015. Topeka Regional Airport resides at an elevation of 1,078 feet or 329 metres above mean sea level and operates with two concrete paved runways designated 13/31 and 3/21.
Topeka Regional Airport was formerly Forbes Field and is situated on the site of the Topeka Army Airfield, later Forbes Air Force Base. The facility was closed in 1973 and most of the former base administrative area is now used for offices and an industrial park.
The terminal in Topeka Regional Airport has five airline ticket counters and two rental car counters, occupied by National/Enterprise and Hertz. There is also a baggage claim carousel. With no current records of regular scheduled passenger flights, mostly charter and military flights use the terminal.
Services and Facilities
Topeka Regional Airport is utilised by the University of Kansas for charter flights for its athletic teams, as well as by schools visiting the university’s campus in Lawrence. The airport is also home to the Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refuelling Wing, the 1st Battalion 108th Aviation Kansas Army National Guard, and Fort Riley. Furthermore, Topeka Regional Airport also provides FBO services (fuel, charter flights, and hangar rental) operated by Million Air Topeka. The only restaurant found within the airport is Jet-A-Way Café, which serves barbecue ribs, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, and breakfast items.