Blade Air Mobility has launched helicopter services between Manhattan and Newark Liberty International airport in New York. Flights are available between 7.00 am and 7.00 pm Monday through Friday, and 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm on Sundays, for $195 per seat or $95 per seat for Blade Airport passholders.
The company is also developing its private terminal space adjacent to the Newark airport helipad, pursuant to a long-term agreement with Signature Flight Support that runs through to 2028. This will enable Blade to improve flight turn-times and to begin planning for the infrastructure requirements of electric vertical aircraft (EVA), and will serve to accommodate expected increases in passenger volumes as Blade introduces its EVA service.
“With 27 million people battling traffic between Manhattan and the three New York area airports in 2019, Blade's airport transfers, which are only five minutes in duration, relieve this significant point of travel friction in our core New York City market,” explains president Melissa Tomkiel. “Given the strong growth we see in both business and leisure passenger volumes on our JFK route, we're pleased to answer our fliers' calls to bring back Blade service between Manhattan and Newark.”
Chief financial officer Will Heyburn adds: “In recent weeks, Blade's JFK passenger volumes have exceeded average pre-Covid levels. This great signal, coupled with the recent re-opening of international travel to the United States, drove our decision to expand airport service to Newark ahead of the holidays.”