New York City Heliports, Helicopter Airport Transportation Services, Downtown Manhattan Heliport

New York City Heliports, Helicopter Airport Transportation Services, Downtown Ma

New York City Heliports

Map of New York City Heliports and Helicopter Airport Transportation Services

(1.) Port Authority Downtown Manhattan/Wall Street Heliport, NY (2.) East 34th Street Heliport (3.) West 30th Street Heliport

Manhattan has several primary heliports serving the general public and private helicopter companies that provide charter services, tours and scheduled air transportation to and from New York City's airports. These are just minutes away from Kennedy, Newark, LaGuardia and Teterboro Airports which makes it very convenient for busy executives, leisure travelers and sightseers who want to experience the sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the convenience of fast, affordable transportation to and from the NYC area airports. The three main heleports in current use are Downtown Manhattan, East 34th Street and West 30th Street.

Port Authority Downtown Manhattan / Wall Street Heliport, NY

The Wall St. Heliport is a public heliport located about 3 miles from Downtown New York and is one of the most frequently used heliports in New York City and spreads over 2 acres of land. Over 10,000 yearly aircraft operations are completed at this Heliport, with 90% used for general flight and just 10% being used for military personnel.

  • Run By: The Wall Street Heliport is run by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
  • History: Though not the first NYC heliport to be built, the Downtown Manhattan Heliport was the first in the country ever to have a formal schedule for passenger helicopter travel. This made helicopter usage much more common amongst American civilians. From the time it was built in 1960 to help support air traffic coming and going from the West 30th Street heliport, throughout the '60s and '70s, New York Airways served as an air shuttle service from the Downtown Manhattan heliport to the airports throughout NYC. Shuttling was put to a stop in the 1980s and resumed again in 2006. For three years there were also scheduled passenger flights to and from JFK Airport. These one-hour flights were indefinitely closed in 2009.
  • Services: The Downtown NYC Heliport offers aviation services to and from various New York airports such as Newark Airport, Morristown Municipal Airport and Teterboro Airport.
  • Used By: The majority of passengers frequenting the Port Authority Downtown Manhattan Heliport are business travelers and VIP fliers, such as the President of the United States for each NY trip. Business executives from the Financial District of New York often travel through the heliport as well, to and from Wall Street. Helicopter tours are available to the public as well.
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East 34th Street Heliport / Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street

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The East -34th Street Heliport, also known as the Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street is located in Midtown just off FDR Drive and was built in 1972 to replace the heliport that resided above the Pan American Building until 1968.

  • Run By: The 34th St. Heliport is owned by the city of New York and the Economic Development Corporation runs it as a public port.
  • History: Originally, this was a popular NYC heliport for sky tours around the City, but after 1997sightseeing rides were forced to cease. The large development of sky-scrapers in the area caused the East 34th Street Heliport to ban these tourist rides in order to reduce helicopter traffic. With the rising business and residential numbers in New York City, a year later in 1998 restrictions got tighter, limiting flights to weekdays from 8am-8pm and weekends from 10am-6pm. Just a few months later, weekend flights were completely banned and the flight schedule limitations during the week remain the same to this day.
  • Services: Weekend flights weren't the only services to stop. The 34th Street Heliport transported passengers from East 34th street to  Newark Airport and JFK International Airport. This regular schedule ran from 2007-2009.
  • Used By: The Atlantic Metroport at East 34th Street has become mainly (72%) an air taxi port. Just 18% of flights out of here are general aviation, only 9% are commuter flights and less than 1% of flights are for military personnel.

West 30th Street Heliport

The West 30th Street Heliport is a public heliport located in Manhattan and has been in operation since 1956.

  • History: There have been quite a few memorable sightseeing accidents that have occurred over the decades at West 30th Street Heliport, many ending in peaceful rescues and a few of them landed passengers and pilots mildly injured. However, in 2009 one particular sightseeing tour helicopter collided with a small private plane ending in nine deaths total.
  • Services: The West 30th Street Heliport is located so close to the Hudson River that helicopter pilots must take extra precaution when approaching the landing pad. Because of this, residents in the surrounding areas have pleaded to have all tourist flights canceled at this location. A court order has pushed plans for relocating the West 30th Street Heliport flights to be schedule out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport instead.
  • Used By: At this point, this heliport is mainly (73%) used for air taxi services, with 16% of air traffic for general aviation. Only 10% of flights are commercial and less than 1% are for military personnel.