Westchester to Work – by Air?

Mar 28, 2023

A new service offers a 15-minute commute to New York City. Would you try it?

If a quick commute to NYC is on your “must-have” list, consider this: you can now fly from Westchester County Airport to Manhattan in just 10-15 minutes. This daily service – offered by Wings Air – currently flies Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 8:00AM, landing at the East 34th Street Heliport just minutes later. 

The hefty price tag – $499 per seat plus booking fees – includes a set of BOSE noise-canceling headsets for the ride, plus stunning views from take off to landing. Frequent flyer packages are available, and the company plans to increase flights – and potentially offer return flights – based on demand. 

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Wings, though, isn’t alone. Blade currently offers helicopter rides from Manhattan to JFK or Newark airports. The five-minute ride starts at $195 and includes access to the Blade Lounge for complimentary before and/or after flight drinks. Considering car services and, even, app-based ride shares can easily hit $195 during rush hour, Blade could be an ideal alternative, whether you’re traveling for business or bringing the entire family. 

Blade also offers direct service to five Hamptons locations. 

We admit, we love alternative commuting options. The Seastreak in New Jersey cuts about 75 minutes off passengers’ daily commutes – and the views are incredible. And a 40-pack runs just $720 – $18 per trip – which is on par with LIRR, Amtrak, and NJ Transit. Same for New York Waterway, which makes stops in Hoboken, Weehawken, Jersey City, Ossining, and Beacon. 

More and more alternative commutes are popping up, including VIP land, water, and air opportunities. So the big question: what would you most like to try? Would you hop on a 10-minute helicopter ride to work? Or take a five-minute ride to the airport, soaring over the traffic and bottlenecks? 

Find your perfect community – and ideal commute. Get in touch now and schedule your first Suburbs Strategy session. 

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