NYC traffic is a nightmare. Why not take a helicopter to catch your next flight out of JFK airport. Makes sense if you can afford it. Starting next month, Uber will start offering helicopter rides between JFK and Lower Manhattan. Users will be able to book the Uber Copter rides through the app.
The New York Times reports that flights between Lower Manhattan and JFK will take about eight minutes and will cost between $200 and $225 per person. You can book flights up to five days in advance if you need to.
Uber estimates that the service will bring transport times from Lower Manhattan to JFK down to under half an hour. This includes the time it would take to get to the helipad in an Uber car. It usually takes up to an hour to drive the entire route and can sometimes take double that time when the traffic is really bad. It also takes up to an hour or more to make the same journey on the Long Island Railroad.
The Uber Copter service won’t be open to everyone, however. If you want to book a flight you will need to be a Platinum or Diamond Uber Rewards member. Each flight will carry five passengers who will be limited to a carry-on bag that can’t exceed 40 pounds and a small personal bag.