Council Speaker Joins Call To Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights In NYC

Corey Johnson
Photo credit John McCarten/City Council
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on Thursday weighed in on calls to crack down on the number of helicopters flying over New York City.

Following Monday’s fatal helicopter crash in Midtown, Speaker Johnson said his office has been bombarded with complains of helicopters hovering overhead. He joined Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s call to cut back on all non-essential flights in the city.

I think there needs to be a conversation about not just tourist flights, but other types of flights as well,” Johnson said Thursday. “Do we need that many? What are the safety precautions? How do we protect the quality of life? What are conversations with our counterparts in New Jersey and what is our interaction with the New York Congressional delegation and the Federal Aviation Administration?”

He adds that he is especially concerns about the upcoming helicopter flights operated by Uber between Lower Manhattan and John F. Kennedy airport in Queens.

The flights are scheduled to begin July 9 and a projected to cost between $220 and $225.

Johnson says those flights would be non-essential.