US Helicopter, the service that provides connections from Newark and JFK airports to two heliports in Manhattan, has suspended all service, both scheduled and charter. According to the release on their website it is a “standown” of service and they will be reorganizing their operations with an eye on restarting service in November.
We are temporarily halting all service as we regroup to add aircraft to our fleet and introduce new routes. This ‘standown’ of service applies to our scheduled flights as well as our charter service. We plan to return to the skies of New York – a bigger and better airline – by late November. For information on refunds for tickets you hold for future travel, please contact your credit card company for a credit or refund. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we look forward to serving you again very soon with our 8 Minute Airport Shuttle.
While this certainly is unfortunate, it is also not all that surprising. The two times I used the service I was the only person on the helicopter. They recently offered a huge sale – $59 each way – in an effort to drum up some cash but it doesn’t look like it was enough. I hope they are flying again in December and that they have the deal on offer; I’ve got a trip planned and it would be fun to do it again if it is cheap. But at $159 each way the value just doesn’t seem to be there for me. And apparently not for enough other people either.
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