The Downtown Manhattan Heliport

The Downtown Manhattan Heliport, known by its code JRB, is a helicopter landing platform in New York City. It is owned by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and is operated by Saker Aviation Services. The heliport covers an area of 84,000 square feet, with the pier 550 by 85 feet and the barge 90 by 300 feet. A public airport, it offers charter services to Newark Liberty International Airport, Teterboro Airport, Morristown Municipal Airport, and other airports in the area.

Airport history

On December 8th, 1960, the heliport opened to help supplement the West 30th Street Heliport. The heliport was the first in the United States to be certified for scheduled helicopter service by the FAA. From the 1960s to the mid-1980s, New York Airways flew from the heliport to Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). From 2006 to 2009, US Helicopter resumed scheduled services from the heliport to JFK, at which point it ceased all services.

Airport location

The heliport is located at Pier 6 in the East River in Lower Manhattan, just north of Battery Park, north of the Staten Island Ferry, and south of the South Street Seaport. 

Airport facts

  • There is one helipad at 62 by 62 feet and 12 helicopter parking spots. 
  • In 2003, the heliport had 10,003 flight operations. 
  • 90% of operations were general aviation, and 10% were military. 
  • It is estimated that in 2014 there were 56,000 sightseeing helicopter operations, which excluded hospitals, police, and charters (both business and leisure). 
  • The heliport is a regular landing spot for the President of the United States on visits to New York. Much of the heliport traffic consists of Wall Street executives and time-sensitive documents.

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