Soon animals arriving at New York's JFK International Airport will sit in the lap of luxury when the airport's state-of-the-art animal terminal opens in 2016.
The $48 million, 178,000-square-foot facility, called the Ark at JFK, is fitted out with a swimming pool, flat-screen TVs, customized departure lounges and around-the-clock medical care. The ARK is billed as the world’s first air terminal for animals.
Many arriving animals are quarantined for a period of time (for horses, it’s normally about three days) to make sure they’re not carrying contagious diseases. Features include a large animal departure lounge offering stalls, food and water for horses. Individual climate-controlled units for horses, equipped with bedding and natural light.
A jungle gym where cats will have their own trees to climb. A 24-hour Paradise 4 Paws pet resort featuring a bone-shaped dog pool, pet suites with a flat-screen TV option. A livestock export handling system and all animals will have access to a 24-hour veterinary clinic run by Cornell University.
The ARK is designed to make the stay as pleasant as possible. Animals will be charged fees — still being determined depending on services — that will help fund the terminal. High-end dog “suites” could top $100 per night. Developer Racebrook Capital terms it the "world's only privately owned animal terminal and full-service, 24-hour, airport quarantine facility for import and export of horses, pets, birds and livestock."