With its typical “cargo” item weighing a half a ton or more and calmed by the resonant tenor tones of Pavarotti, The ARK at JFK Equine Import-Export Center – just opened rampside at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport – is taking animal transport to new heights. Indeed, one might say the unique facility makes horse sense.
One-of-a-kind in that it is the only privately owned facility of its size and scope at any airport, according to Elizabeth A. Schuette, managing director of The ARK at JFK, the center provides a full spectrum of creature comforts.
There don’t appear to be any naysayers among prominent horse shipping companies.
Bill Nichols, president of Floral Park, New York-based Alex Nichols Agency, told the American Journal of Transportation, “For someone who has spent a lifetime working with horses and other animals around JFK, The ARK is a giant step forward in making JFK one of the safest, most efficient lodging and transit hubs for all animals in the country.
“My company has been an airfreight forwarder specializing in horses and livestock for over 50 years,” Nichols said, noting that his firm primarily uses The ARK as an export inspection facility, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts mandatory inspections of horses prior to embarkation. “I am happy to support The ARK, as it was designed and built to exceed minimum standards for safety and cleanliness.”
In fact, Schuette doesn’t refer to the horses and other animals handled at the $65 million, 178,000-square-foot facility as cargo, preferring to use the word “guests,” and those guests are clearly pampered…
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