In the face of the unprecedent COVID-19 crisis the West 30th Street Heliport remains open and operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support the City of New York, its residents, industry, emergency responders, and government agencies. For nearly 40 years the West Side Heliport has been the only heliport to operate continuously, including during other moments of crisis. The effects of this pandemic may be difficult to predict, but the need for rapid transportation in and out of the City remains critical, and we remain committed to serving during these trying times.
ABOUT THE HELIPORT
The West 30th Street Heliport has been continuously operated by Air Pegasus Heliport, Inc. since 1981, making it the longest continuously operated heliport in Manhattan. It is the only Manhattan heliport that is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and the only one in the tri-state area that makes fuel available all day, every day.
Conveniently located at the corner of West 30th street and 12th avenue, the heliport offers easy access to midtown and the businesses and residences located there, as well as many of New York’s most important tourism and recreation sites and activities. It is also a major component of the tri-state regional transportation system, located only a quick drive from major arteries leading out of Manhattan including the Lincoln and Holland tunnels.
Located within the boundaries of Hudson River Park, the heliport provides the Hudson River Park Trust with much needed revenue to develop and maintain one of New York's most significant green spaces.
Air Pegasus is the most experienced operator in New York City, and the heliport is an indispensable part of the transportation landscape. The heliport is used by government and emergency workers, industry, commuters, and travelers.
The West 30th Street Heliport features a passenger and pilot lounge area, 10 active landing spots, 1 fuel deck and a tow-in parking spot. 8000 gallons of Jet-A fuel are available on site.
HELIPORTS in NYC
A 2012 study by Appleseed and the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management found that “helicopter service is a central element in the transportation infrastructure that links New York City to the surrounding region and the nation”.
The study, “Heliports and their importance to New York City” further found that helicopters in New York City are:
For companies that have major operations in New York City and elsewhere in the Northeast, helicopter service provides a quick, easy, flexible and reliable way for key personnel to travel between Manhattan and other office locations.
Helicopters provide significant time savings relative to travel by automobile in the congestion-prone New York metropolitan region.
Helicopters are essential for those time-sensitive industries and activities that place a premium on avoiding the uncertain patterns of congestion that characterize conventional surface modes of travel — and for the same reason, they are essential for certain types of emergency uses.