When a Helicopter Ride to the Airport Was Cheaper Than a Cab
We’d sure love to see the sharing economy disrupt the current helicopter ride sector.
Excerpt from Atlantic Cities
Headquartered at LaGuardia Airport, [New York Airways'] main service was to shuttle air travelers between the city and the region’s biggest airports… A 1962 promotional film for the service titled “The Skyline Route“ shows us the airline’s more optimistic era, a period that came before the crashes and energy crises that led to its demise by 1979:
In 1962, riders could jump from Newark to Wall Street by helicopter for just $6 ($46.61 in today’s dollars) as opposed to an $8 cab ride ($61.88 today), or from Newark to Idlewild for $9 ($69.61 today) instead of paying $19 for a cab ($146.96 in today’s dollars).