First-class flying for horses comes to JFK airport

Artist’s rendering courtesy The Ark

Horses and other animals are going first class at New York’s JFK airport where ARK Development, LLC, a Racebrook Portfolio Company, has signed a 30-year lease with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to create and manage a $48-million, 178,000-square-foot intelligent air cargo facility. Set on 14.4 acres, the site will house a USDA-approved, 24-hour airport quarantine area to handle the import and export of horses, pets, birds, and livestock. 

Designed by master architect Gensler, GH2 Gralla Equine Architects, “The ARK at JFK represents an enormous leap forward in the care and comfort of horses and cattle,” says Ms. Lachlan Oldaker of GH2 Gralla Equine Architects. “The design allows planes to taxi directly to the building, so horses can be transported in a seamless fashion that reduces stress.”

Other perks include a large animal departure lounge, where horses for export will have access to comfortable stalls, food, and water. There will also be an arrivals area where their vitals can be taken before they are placed in their individual climate controlled stalls, equipped with bedding and natural light. In addition, state-of-the-art veterinary care will be available 24/7, 365 days a year, with services including: general medicine, emergency, critical care, internal medicine, surgery, and advanced diagnostics.

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