12/07/2013 12:13 EST | Updated 02/06/2014 05:59 EST

Helicopter taxi offers quick hop from South Shore

Some South Shore commuters, frustrated with congestion and delays, have taken to the skies for a less traditional commute to the island of Montreal.

The new air taxi service, which boasts a less-than-10-minute commute, is the brainchild of Christian Assad, the co-owner of Hélico Pro.

“In many places around the world, [transit by helicopter] is much more normal than people tend to think. It’s not limited to emergency evacuations and hydroelectricity work in the North,” Assad said.

Lawyer Maurice Charbonneau lives in Brossard and commutes to Montreal several times a week.

He was the aerial shuttle service’s first client.

For Charbonneau, who earns between $200 and $300 an hour, the service is an “economical” alternative.

“The time lost in traffic is worth the extra cost,” he said.

A commute with a view