New York’s Kennedy airport (JFK) is investing heavily into their facilities and now tops it all off with the planning of a 172,165 square-foot special ‘Pet Terminal‘ exclusively for our four legged friends.
From what it looks like, some travelers might even be jealous of the travel experience their loyal companions will receive at The Ark as the new facility is called. TIME wrote about the new development (access here) that the NY Port Authority will invest 32 million USD into the project.
Elaborating on the details on the project, the Port Authority issued a press release (see here)
A 21st century animal handling facility is coming to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Port Authority commissioners today approved plans for a world class, $32 million facility at JFK that will handle roughly 70,000 domestic and wild animals annually. The center will set new national airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services.
The new facility, dubbed ARK, will offer a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital, animal daycare services and more efficient ways to transport animals worldwide, including exotic species. It will create 190 jobs, $12.3 million in wages and $50.5 million in economic activity during the span of the project’s 20-year lease. …
“While most of our airport passengers walk on two legs, this new center will serve the important travel needs of our four-legged and winged friends, while helping to create regional jobs and significant revenue for the Port Authority,’’ said agency Executive Director Pat Foye. “This is another example of agency staff seeking new ways to meet niche markets and maintaining a leadership role in the aviation industry.”
One of my family members recently traveled with two dogs due to relocation and it was a huge ordeal for all participants including the animals. Maybe this facility will hell to limit the stress for all parties involved a little bit.
The terminal will also provide services for race horses and basically everything that takes to the skies, supported by a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital.
There are some additional pictures available on Curbed NY (access here) if you wish to get additional impressions.
For sure this will have an impact on the long term revenue prospects of JFK / Port Authority. Animal travel is big business, be it for commercial or private reasons.
It’s refreshing to see such a project that is branded by some ‘out of the box thinking’. I’m curious how the structure will look like in the end.