JFK airport world's first luxury pet terminal set to open next year

The new terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport will be aptly called the ARK Terminal, an area exclusively dedicated to traveler’s pets. Not only will the ARK be the first of its kind in the world, but it will comprise luxury facilities that only humans have enjoyed in the past, including a pool, play area, nail trimming salon, and even ‘hotel suites’. Right now, JFK has the Vetport, which is where livestock from cows to pigs and horses are kept while they wait to board their flights. But from 2016, pets at JFK will be pampered in style in their very own terminal. They will enjoy climate-controlled stalls and showers, and no matter what breed they are, from cats and dogs to parrots and horses, they will enjoy a variety of luxe facilities, including grooming, a veterinary clinic, rehabilitation center, lawn space, aviary, even an overnight ‘pet resort’.

The ARK will be the only privately owned animal handling cargo terminal in the world. It will cover around 178,000 square feet in the vacant Building 78 at JFK. The new pet terminal is being created at an estimated cost of $48 million. Although there are other animal-only terminals around the world, including Frankfurt Airport’s ‘Animal Lounge’, the ARK will be a cut above. While in Frankfurt your pet may enjoy the necessary facilities, such as a vet, and comfortable stall, a massage, spa treatment or a dip in the pool isn’t included as part of the experience. But at JFK’s ARK it will be part of the five star package.

Cats can lounge in a specially created jungle area that features special climbing trees. Dogs will enjoy a play area that is 20,000 square feet in size and includes massage therapy, pools shaped like bones and even ‘pawdicures’ while they wait to board their flights. And if your pooch has to stay overnight, it will be well looked after, with a full-size bed and flat screen TV. Other pets will be just as well cared for; there are special horse pens complete with soft, hoof-friendly flooring. No expense has been spared to ensure that pampered pets are lovingly taken care of.

The terminal is expected to open in 2016, and will give JFK the title of the most pet-friendly airport on earth. The ARK will offer every service to board, kennel, quarantine, import, export and transport animals, large and small. Pets will also be transported in dedicated vehicles from aircraft, terminals, cargo facilities and other airport locations.

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