NYCEDC's PortNYC supports the City's passenger and freight transportation terminals to sustain the region's economic growth. PortNYC facilities include marine cargo terminals, rail facilities, cruise terminals, ferry landings, and heliports within the five boroughs of New York City.

Improved 53' Trucking Routes to and from JFK Airport

New York City’s DOT authorized the use of combination vehicles with industry-standard 53’ trailers on an all interstate highway routes direct to JFK International Airport as of March 5, 2015. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has also opened New York City's first truck stop at the airport, with food, fuel, and affordable truck parking for all types of trucks. These newly authorized routes and newly built facilities are making life easier for truckers delivering or picking up cargo at JFK. 

Download the 53 Foot Brochure for more information and to view the new route maps. 

New York City's Airports

On November 24, 2004, the City of New York and the PANYNJ signed a 50-year lease for both JFK and LaGuardia airports. The long-term lease was the catalyst for the creation of the Aviation office within NYCEDC. The office acts as a liaison between the City and PANYNJ on key aviation initiatives, as well as maintaining the long-term economic viability of New York City airports.

The vision for New York City's airports is for them to become:

  • Recognized as world leaders in the safe, smooth, and efficient movement of people and goods;
  • Innovative freight logistics hubs that aggressively capitalize on our region's unparalleled consumer market, and generate hundreds of more high-paying blue-collar jobs;
  • The undisputed national focus of federal investment and innovation in high-technology air-traffic control;
  • World-class visitor destinations that seamlessly integrate into local transportation systems.

JFK Airport

With unmatched reach and frequency of service to international airports, JFK is second to none. Over 70 airlines offer service to over 150 destinations, almost 100 of which are international. JFK offers unparalleled belly cargo capacity and freighter service to key worldwide destinations.

Our robust network of skilled freight forwarders and customs brokers offer competitive rates and services for your important time-sensitive shipments.

JFK can meet all of your cargo handling needs with specialized on-airport facilities, including cold chain storage capability. The Ark - a state of the art animal handling facility set to open in 2016 - is to provide expert care and handing for all animals, including domestic pets, livestock, racehorses, and even exotic creatures.

Companies both on and off-airport can take advantage of Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) benefits offered by NYCEDC.

Air Cargo Contact Information

Location(s):JFK International Airport
LaGuardia Airport
Port Authority of NY & NJ Contact:Michael Bednarz, Manager - Air Cargo Business Development, Aviation Department
(212) 435-3772
[email protected]
NYCEDC Contact:David Hopkins, Director of Aviation
(212) 312-3771
[email protected]


Each heliport provides charters and commuter services. The downtown Heliport, located on Pier 6 on the East River, provides public sightseeing tours overlooking the Hudson River and the Upper New York Bay. PortNYC oversees both the 34th Street and Downtown Manhattan Heliports. 

Aviation Facilities

  • Downtown Manhattan Heliport
  • East 34th Street Heliport
  • Skyport Marina

Refer to the Helicopter Sightseeing Information Sheet for information on common types of helicopters used at NYC Heliports, as well as the routes that air tour operators must follow. Please call 311 with questions or comments.

Press Release:

NYCEDC And Helicopter Tourism & Jobs Council Announce New Measures to Reduce Helicopter Noise And Impacts Across New York City.

Heliport Contact Information

Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH)


Pier 6, East River
New York, NY 10004

Heliport Contact:

Brian Tolbert, Director of Operations
P: (212) 248-7240
C: (917) 912-4217
[email protected]

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri: 7:00am to 10:00pm
(tourist flights from 9:00am to 7:00pm only)
Saturday: 7:00am to 7:00pm
(tourist flights from 9:00am to 7:00pm only)
Sunday 7:00am to 5:00pm
(No tourist flights allowed)


34th Street Heliport


499 East 34th Street & FDR Drive
New York, NY 10016

Heliport Contact:

Pat Wagner, General Manager
(212) 889-2319
[email protected]

Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: Closed