Friday, July 31, 2015

Seaplane service to New York City offered at Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR), Bridgeport, Connecticut

Forget the car and Metro-North to get to New York City.

Take a seaplane from Sikorsky Memorial Airport instead. Yes, a seaplane

Next Wednesday, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, Stratford Mayor John Harkins and members of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce will welcome Tailwind with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at Volo Aviation at Sikorsky Memorial Airport.

Tailwind, located at the Volo Aviation, recently announced a new seaplane service connecting Bridgeport with Manhattan, Boston, and Philadelphia. 

The amphibian seaplanes can land and take off both on water and airplane runways. 

In Manhattan, flights depart and land on the East River at 23rd St. That service began last summer.

Mike Ritzi, the company’s director of new business said in a release, “Everyone will enjoy the short 20-minute morning and afternoon flights that takes you in and out of the Heart of Manhattan.  Plus, you only need to arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. We can all appreciate saving 1 hour 30 minutes per day out of the commute to Manhattan.”

The Cessna seaplanes can carry nine passengers. Tailwind’s sister company, Fly the Whale, flys seaplanes between Manhattan and Nantucket Island and the Hamptons on Long Island.

On Twitter, Tailwind was offering on select dates a round-trip flight from Manhattan to Bedford, Mass (near Boston) for $350 roundtrip and a $250 roundtrip flight from Sikorsky to Boston.


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