Helicopters On Demand Buzz Into Bay Area

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October 21, 2019 - 10:21 am
Start-up Voom has begun offering shared on-demand rides in helicopters around the Bay Area.

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Travelers who may be in a hurry to get to San Francisco International Airport or other airports in the Bay Area now have a quicker option. 

A new helicopter ride service in the Bay Area, called Voom, allows passengers to reserve a spot on a helicopter to take them to the airport. 

Passengers can request a ride in a shared copter as much as a month in advance or as little as an hour before going airborne through the company's app.

A view of San Francisco taken aboard a Voom helicopter on Oct. 17, 2019.
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"A lot of people are time poor, so if you're running a business and you need to be somewhere, you need to get to the airport, it's definitely a good option," said pilot Dan Rigney. "We're saving time on our commute."

Plus, he said, "tt's probably the best view you'll ever get of the Bay Area."

A flight from SFO to Napa County Airport takes about 25 minutes. But the service comes with a cost. That trip will cost about $275. 

"This is certainly the first step into the future," said Cory Cozzens, Voom's country director. "Getting people where they need to be much faster."

Reporting by Jim Taylor.