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Uber Copter Will Now Fly You Over City Gridlock

The company has opened up its helicopter service between lower Manhattan and JFK Airport to any Uber user. 

An Uber helicopter at the downtown Manhattan heliport.

An Uber helicopter at the downtown Manhattan heliport.

Photographer: Michael Noble Jr./Bloomberg
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The next time you’re stuck in traffic on the way to John F. Kennedy International Airport, you can honestly say, “Maybe we should’ve taken the chopper.”

Uber Technologies Inc. is now offering its Uber Copter service in New York to all Uber riders, the company announced on Thursday. Previously, only members of Uber’s top two tiers, Platinum and Diamond
, could use the service, which began on July 9.

Regular Uber users have a four-hour window, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in which to book an Uber Copter during weekday rush hours. A one-way ride costs from $200 to $225 per person.  

“The focus in the near term is to open this up to all riders, to demonstrate this vision of seamless connection between cars and helicopters,” says Eric Allison, head of Uber Elevate, the company’s flight business.