U.S. Helicopter Expects To Resume Wall Street Service
A spokesman for U.S. Helicopter said the company could resume flights from New York’s Wall Street heliport early next year. U.S. Helicopter was forced to suspend its scheduled, $159-per-passenger Sikorsky S-76B service from New York’s Downtown/Wall Street heliport to Newark and JFK airports after the heliport’s new operator, FirstFlight, failed to develop a TSA-approved security plan. As part of the service, passengers and luggage are security screened at the heliport and then may proceed directly to their airline gates without having to be re-screened at the airports. U.S. Helicopter has moved its departures to New York’s 34th Street heliport. The Downtown heliport opened in 1960 and had been operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey until October 2008, but its security plan for the heliport did not transfer to the new operator. A new security plan was approved December 11 and U.S. Helicopter and FirstFlight are working to resolve outstanding “commercial issues” before service resumes.