Topeka celebrates first commercial flight in years

Screen Shot 2014-01-08 at 7.36.27 AMTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka officials and travelers celebrated as the first regularly scheduled commercial flight in years flew out of the city’s airport.

The first flight from Topeka to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport took off as scheduled Tuesday afternoon, despite weather concerns that had canceled other flights across the country, including nearby Kansas City.

The United Airlines flight was the first commercial flight out of Topeka’s airport in six years.

Flights will depart at 6 a.m. and 3:14 p.m. daily for Chicago, with the return flights leaving Chicago at 1 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

About one-third of the 36 people on the flight were local dignitaries or media members.