Animal Terminal Coming to JFK Airport

No, it’s not an exclusive pet-friendly airport terminal for passengers traveling with their companion animals (how cool would that be?).  It’s a special terminal for shipping animals, large or small, via air cargo.

ARK Development LLC has signed a 30-year lease with the NY/NJ Port Authority to build and manage a 178,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animal handling and air cargo facility at JFK International Airport in New York.  According to the company, “The ARK at JFK” will be the world’s only privately-owned animal handling cargo terminal and the first USDA-approved, full-service 24-hour airport quarantine facility for the import and export of horses, pets, cats and dogs, birds, zoo animals, and livestock.


The ARK at JFK will provide both airside and landside services to board, kennel, quarantine, import, export, and transport large and small animals.  It will also offer transportation in dedicated climate-controlled vehicles from aircraft, terminals, cargo facilities, and other airport locations.  Other features include an overnight pet boarding facility “Paradise 4 Paws,” an aviary for birds, and  a 24-hour veterinary hospital run by the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

ARK JFK terminal

The Spot Experience, a New York-based pet services provider, will operate the terminal and transport facility.  The ARK is projected to transport about 70,000 animals a year.

PetravelR™ strongly prefers to either drive or – when air travel is the best or only option – have pets fly in the passenger cabin.  But if you need to make a transatlantic move with your horse or are relocating to Japan with your Saint Bernard, the ARK may be worth checking out.

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