New animal facility at JFK opens

13 / 02 / 2017

The first phase of JFK International Airport’s new animal terminal has opened, with the centre due to become fully operational in the summer.

Phase one of the Ark terminal, which started operations today, includes the Ark Pet Oasis, Equine & Livestock Export Center and Aviary In-Transit Quarantine.

The Ark at JFK Equine and Livestock Export Center provides resting stalls for horses and livestock departing JFK International Airport.

The In-Transit Aviary Quarantine provides isolation rooms in a bonded warehouse, enabling commercial shippers to schedule several hours to overnight rest stops for birds traveling through the US. 

The second phase, which is due to open during the second quarter of the year, will include a full-service ARK Import-Export Center (“IEC”) featuring Equine Quarantine/Import, Grooms’ Lounge and The ARK Aviary.

The third phase, due to open in the summer, will feature sub-tenants providing veterinary clinics, a blood laboratory and pet boarding and grooming.

Founder and chairman of ARK Development/The ARK at JFK John Cuticelli said: “Four years ago, we embarked on this process to address the unmet needs for the import and export of companion, sporting and agricultural animals at JFK International Airport. 

“Transporting live cargo by plane can be a complex and arduous process for owners and animals alike.

“Our goal is to create a more efficient and safe process by reducing the need for additional travel and offering trained animal care staff immediately pre- and post-flight.

“The ARK provides a healthy and comfortable environment, and sets new international airport standards for comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services.”