It's the ultimate ascension, in a way.
For New Yorkers looking to avoid the horrible traffic expected Friday by visits from Pope Francis, President Barack Obama and the United Nations General Assembly, Blade Helicopters has come up with a solution. The on-demand chopper company will be offering a new "crosstown service" allowing passengers to zip from the East Side and West Side of Manhattan for $95 per seat each way. The trip, which uses a six-seat chopper and curves around Lower Manhattan, takes around seven to eight minutes.
Helicopters will shuttle between the 30th Street heliport near the West Side Highway to the 34th Street heliport on the East Side off the FDR Drive. Flights will take off or land every 15 minutes.
A spokesman for Blade said the company–which has become the Uber of helicopters with its app-based service to the Hamptons and other locales–said the idea for the crosstown service came from customers. The price of a seat to the Hamptons is about $500, a much further distance than across Manhattan.