Uber-for-helicopters startup Blade is flying people literally from the east to west side of Manhattan for $95 to avoid pope traffic

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Blade, an Uber-for-helicopters startup, has a solution to the anticipated traffic congestion in New York City this weekend when the Pope visits the city.

The startup, which raised $25 million this summer from investors including Eric Schmidt, says that on Friday, September 25, it will fly customers between the West Side and East Side of Manhattan during the morning and evening rush hour periods, the company announced in an email to customers Thursday.

This Friday, traffic in New York City is anticipated to be terrible — Pope Francis, President Obama, and 200 UN foreign leaders in attendance at the UN General Assembly are simultaneously converging upon New York City. If you're used to driving or taking a cab or an Uber around the city, you may want to reconsider for Friday.

Blade says a trans-Manhattan ride in one of its choppers will cost members $95 a seat and takes between 5 and 8 minutes. You'll depart and arrive from the West Side Heliport on Manhattan's West Side and the East Side Heliport at East 34th Street and FDR Drive. You'll have access to the rides from 7:45 am and 10 am and again between 5 pm and 7 pm.

You can book a seat using the Blade app. The flights won't be routed across Manhattan; instead, flights get routed around Manhattan's southern tip.

The app has since been downloaded more than 20,000 times. Considering a typical ride costs $575 per seat one way to the Hamptons or Fire Island from New York City, a $95 ride across Manhattan is quite a steal, and it sure beats waiting in the apocalyptic traffic that's been forecasted for Friday.

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Uber-for-helicopters startup Blade is flying people literally from the east to west side of Manhattan for $95 to avoid pope traffic
Pope Francis talks with President Barack Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope's first visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: a Crowd waves to His Holiness Pope Francis on his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after the pontiff's arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: a Crowd waves to His Holiness Pope Francis on his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after the pontiff's arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: (AFP OUT) Pope Francis is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama after the pontiff's arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis arrives to the United States from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Pope Francis arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, September 22, 2015, on the start of a 3-day trip to Washington. Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first-ever visit, a trip that will include a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and a speech to Congress. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: The red carpet is rolled out for Pope Francis as he arrives to the United States from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Pope Francis disembarks from his airplane upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, September 22, 2015, on the start of a 3-day trip to Washington. Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first-ever visit, a trip that will include a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and a speech to Congress. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis walks down the steps of his plane upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, where President Barack Obama was to greet him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Pope Francis steps off his plane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, September 22, 2015, on the start of a 3-day trip to Washington. Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday for his first-ever visit, a trip that will include a meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama and a speech to Congress. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and first lady Michelle Obama arrive to greet the Pope September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama, first Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: (EDITORS NOTE: Retransmission with alternate crop) Pope Francis (L) is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama as he greets and other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Clergy brace for the wind as they stand along the red carpet on the tarmac at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, as the plane carrying Pope Francis arrives. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama (R) after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (L) greets Pope Francis (R) upon his arrival September 22, 2015 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: (AFP OUT) Pope Francis is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama,Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden and invited guests after the pontiff's arrival from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis is greeted by U.S. President Barack Obama (R), along with first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama welcomes Pope Francis upon his arrival on September 22, 2015 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis, accompanied by President Barack Obama, and others, is greeted upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Pope Francis departs in a Fiat after arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: Pope Francis waves from the back of his Fiat after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as pope. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD - SEPTEMBER 22: (AFP OUT) Pope Francis departs in a Fiat after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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