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A $65 Million Bet on Pampered Pet Travel

The Ark at JFK Airport gives pets an upgrade.
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SOURCE: The ARK at JFK

Airline travel for pets is highly regulated, just as it is for humans. The biggest difference is that the rules for pets are intended to make air travel more comfortable, not less. One recent mandate requires that airports have indoor pet “relief areas.”

Yet, at a time when 80 percent of pet owners refer to their animals as children, there’s still vast room for improvement, both in-flight and on the ground. The Ark at JFK, a new, $65 million facility in a 178,000-square-foot warehouse, is one step toward improving the latter experience. It will have a splash pool, overnight kennels, and pre-flight micro-chipping services to track your animals. Eventually, this first-of-its-kind service in the U.S. will feature an in-house pet spa, too.