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New JFK Airport Facilities for Traveling Equine
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New JFK Airport Facilities for Traveling Equine

John F. Kennedy International Airport, located in New York, has recently completed a new equine air cargo facility. The new facility is estimated to be worth $48 million. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has entered into a contract with Ark Development, LLC, to manage the facility. The combined efforts of GH2 Gralla Equine Architects, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, construction manager Holt, and Grandin Livestock Handling Systems has created a state of the art, 178,000-square-foot holding facility. The facility is designed to reduce stress for both horses and owners.

Amenities for the equine air cargo facility include around the clock veterinarian care, quarantine services, day-lit stalls, import and export center, and kennel services. Horses waiting for transport will be given a private climate controlled stall, food, and water in the departure lounge. Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will provide veterinary care. Veterinarians will be available for emergencies, surgical procedures, diagnostic testing, and general medicine. Vitals will be checked for each incoming horse. Animal behaviorists will also be on-hand to care for the horses.

The facility is located at Building 78 and encompasses 14 acres. Planes may taxi directly up to the facility to load and unload horses. Designers believe the ease of loading and unloading will place less stress on horses transported through the JFK Airport. The innovations represent a giant leap forward in the care of transporting equine.

Developers estimate that the Ark will expedite transport of 70,000 animals per year. JFK is considered the area’s busiest air cargo airports. The airport accommodates nonstop international and transcontinental flights, which also decreases stress for animals. The amount of cargo is expected to increase significantly throughout the airport due to the new facility. In addition to the equine services, the managing facility, Ark Development, LLC, has designated separate areas of the facility to care for birds, livestock and other pets.

 

*Photo courtesy of Rolling Crate by U.S. Dept of A. at Flickr’s Creative Commons.

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  1. TomCat
    Very good article. Missed your writing. voted number 1.
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks for your vote! It is very much appreciated TC!
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  2. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Are the planes designed for the horses? Or are they going in the cargo section of the plane too for transport? Good article. I don't like any animal traveling in cargo on the plane.
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks for your input Susan! The thought about horses traveling in the cargo section of a plane may be an idea for a second article. There is an airline that has planes that specifically reads "Equine." I do not know what facilities the planes actually have on board, but that would definitely be a good article to research and write! Thanks again!
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  3. Charlotte
    This sounds wonderful. I agree with Susan about animals traveling in cargo as I have heard some horror stories. Hopefully this wouldn't be the case. Definitely worth checking into should the need arise.
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks for the vote! I have heard some good and bad stories. I may definitely consider an article.
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  4. MrsTomCat
    Interesting article, I never thought of them flying horses around. Good Job .
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks for the vote and comment!
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  5. BigCharlieN212
    Very good read. I have missed your articles.
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    1. Archippus
      Thanks Charlie for your support!
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