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New York-JFK recently unveiled JetBlue’s new T5 Rooftop, a green space available to all passengers and their pets — but this is apparently only the beginning for our four-legged friends at the busiest international gateway in the US. In 2016, the airport will be adding a new luxury terminal called The ARK, which will be able to accommodate the roughly 70,000 animals that fly into and out of JFK each year.
According to the AP, “the world’s first air terminal for animals,” slated for construction on the site of an unused cargo terminal, will cost $48 million dollars to build. Constructed to ensure that all animals have a safe, comfortable stay, the 178,000 square-foot ARK will include a spa for dogs run by Paradise 4 Paws [a Chicago-based pet resort chain with branches at Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) and Midway (MDW), as well as Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)], a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college, and trees on which cats can climb.
The new terminal will also serve as a quarantine facility, accepting any animal of any kind. For instance, at present, horses traveling in and out of JFK are driven 80 miles north of the airport to a separate quarantine facility, where they’re kept for as many as three days; the ARK, however, will allow horses — as well as cattle — to remain in hay-lined stalls at JFK. The ARK will also include holding pens for various other livestock, as well as an aviary.
This terminal may prove especially welcome for those with pets too large to fit in the cabin and facing a long ride in cargo, as it welcomes these bigger animals to stretch their legs before departure and just after arrival. Fees for pet visits and quarantines at The ARK have yet to be announced, but we’ll keep you posted.
H/T: Michael W Travels
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