JFK adds an ARK to improve its Animal Cargo Traffic

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey working with ARK Development, LLC, are building a humane facility at JFK, a comprehensive multi-purpose animal handling complex. As noted before, such improvements are needed.

Air transportation systems were not designed for the carriage of animals. Only large cargo aircraft have the size and air/heat conditioning support is adequate. The belly holds of passenger airliners are less than ideal environments for these creatures. High acceleration/stopping, the sensation of lift, pressurization/depressurization and a host of other experiences create stresses on these living creatures.

The actual air movement is tough enough of a challenge, but there are additional hurdles—the initial acceptance of this live cargo, the transfer between flights, any quarantine time and the delivery at the ultimate destination. All of these steps are frequently conducted in surroundings which are conducive to the comfortable transition of these animals.

The below article describes the first USDA-approved, full-service 24-hour privately owned airport quarantine facility for the import and export of horses, pets, birds, exotic animals and livestock. The ARK at JFK has been designed by a team of architects, designer and engineers, who are familiar with the special needs of this class of travelers. The United States Department of Agriculture and Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine provided further expertise for the project. j77

The Ark serves the needs of all types of live cargo; they know how to board, kennel, quarantine, import, export and transport animals of all sizes. The Ark’s capabilities include dedicated climate controlled vehicles from aircraft, terminals, cargo facilities and other airport locations. The 178,000 square foot center will provide the highest levels of airport service, especially comprehensive veterinary, kenneling and quarantine services.

Paradise 4 Paws will be the tenant for and manager of a 20,000 square foot boarding center. This area will be the site for kenneling and grooming services.


At the plus size of animal passengers, a livestock will be handled by a special system designed by Professor Temple Grandin, the leading authority on livestock movement. The space will assure the safe and efficient handling of cattle, goats, pigs and sheep from truck to aircraft. The Ark will also house an aviary for quarantine of imported birds.

Hopefully the Ark will improve the transportation by air of animals through this global air cargo bub.


ARTICLE: The ARK at JFK: Keeping Animal Cargo Afloat

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