Downtown Manhattan Heliport opened on December 8, 1960, supplementing the existing heliport at West 30th Street which opened in 1956. During the 1960s and 1970s New York Airways provided scheduled service from the heliport to the city's major airports. Scheduled passenger service was discontinued in the mid-1980s. In 2006 US Helicopter resumed scheduled passenger service with hourly flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport until November 2009 as US Helicopter ceased all services.
The heliport covers an area of 2 acres (0.81 ha) at an elevation of 7 feet (2 m) above mean sea level. It has one helipad designated H1 with a 62 x 62 ft (19 x 19 m) concrete surface. For the 12-month period ending December 30, 2003, the airport had 10,002 aircraft operations, an average of 27 per day: 90% general aviation and 10% military.