Pretty soon, you'll no longer have to be a handsome, rich celebrity like Christopher Mintz-Plasse to take helicopters to airports. A new service called Gotham Air is offering first-time users six-minute flights from Manhattan heliports to and from either JFK or Newark for just $99, and despite the shockingly low price, they promise they'll even put fuel in the thing and everything.
The company plans to start choppering app-booking users all over the place beginning February 9th, Gotham Air CEO Tim Hayes told Thrillist. How it works isn't quite as simple as just having a c-note and a desire to pretend you're on The Bachelor, though. You have to be able to get to one of these three Manhattan heliports: Downtown/Wall Street Heliport (JRB), West 30th Street Heliport (JRA), or East 34th Street Heliport (6N5). And flights are only confirmed once four people have booked the same time and destination; if the flight doesn't fill, it doesn't fly, and passengers with reservations won't be on the hook for the cost, Hayes said.
More catches! After the first $99 flight, subsequent flights will run between $199 and $219, depending on the time -- which means you've gotta cram yourself full of even more hors d'oeuvres and booze that'll be waiting in a VIP (you automatically become one of those the very second you take any helicopter to any airport) lounge at the heliport.
And as a back-up plan in the event of crappy weather, they've got fleet of Tesla S sedans ready to drive passengers to the airport instead of flying. Elon Musk couldn't be reached for comment on that, because he's in space or something.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and wishes there was a service that could fly him to work every day — for free. The subway will continue to do, though. Follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.