Your Cessna Citation X, the fastest business jet in the world, has landed at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, just outside New York City, and your Wall Street appointment is in half an hour. You've just flown 590 mph across the continent, but snarled Manhattan traffic separates you from your business meeting.
But you're not worried, because you reserved a helicopter to transfer you from the airport. You will be flying at more than 100 mph high above tunnel and bridge traffic. In about 10 minutes, you'll arrive at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport, just blocks from Wall Street.
Busy executives increasingly are turning to helicopters to fly them quickly and efficiently to their destinations in Manhattan. The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, one of the three on Manhattan and the only one owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, logged more than 18,000 flights in 2003, an average of nearly 50 flights per day and a 50% increase from 2002. Though still a far cry from the peak year of 1999, when the heliport logged more than 29,500 flights, it does suggest that post-9/11 helicopter airport transit in Manhattan is staging a comeback, if not taking off.