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New York - NYC: Deal Reduces Tourism Helicopter Traffic By 50 Percent

Published on: January 31, 2016 04:37 PM
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New York - New York City says it has struck a deal with helicopter operators to reduce the number of tourism flights by 50 percent, meaning thousands fewer such trips starting next year.


The plan announced Sunday calls for the number of flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport to be reduced by next January. The deal cuts out nearly 30,000 flights annually.

The agreement was jointly announced by the New York City Economic Development Corp. and the Helicopter Tourism and Jobs Council.

It came more than two months after the New York City Council staged a public hearing after some councilmembers proposed banning the helicopters. Residents complained that the sightseeing tours cause daylong noise and contribute to pollution.

Helicopter tourism industry officials praised the deal, which came together Friday.

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 Jan 31, 2016 at 07:20 PM Anonymous Says:

Its not the tourist helicopters that bother me. Tourists aren't interested in the roofs of my neighborhood in Brooklyn. The police helicopters are the noisy nuisance; they should be replaced with quiet drones, if they're really honestly truly needed at all.


 Jan 31, 2016 at 08:59 PM sleep. Says:

choppers aren't a problem for me so much. its the fire trucks at all hours of the night barreling down the streets like a bat out of hell. you dont see other emergency vehicles doing that. the car alarms used to be a real problem but thank gd that was addressed a few years back.


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