In its most recent study, a publication has has revealed the top 10 most pet friendly airports in the U.S. based on an assigned point system.
The report, which can be found here, includes airports high in the rankings such as:
1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK): With multiple terminals that have access to post-security pet relief areas, JFK ranked highest in the Upgraded Points study. One terminal boasts a 4,000 square foot outdoor garden patio that is open to both passengers and pets. This area contains tables and chairs, with a seating capacity of around 50 people. Other areas have pet bathrooms set with artificial grass (with built-in drainage), replicas of fire hydrants, sinks and waste receptacles.
JFK also offers 24/7 animal care and veterinary services for all kinds of pets: dogs, cats, horses, birds, livestock and exotic animals. In addition, American Airlines has installed a pet relief area at its terminal departures level, with a 1000-square-foot grassy area for pets to relax after a long flight.
2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): ATL provides indoor post-security relief areas in every concourse, along with a 1,000-square-foot dog park located pre-security for passenger conveniences. The Pet Paradise also offers an onsite 24/7 boarding facility, allowing pet owners to be reunited with their pets as soon as possible.
The study further details other airports’ pet facilities across the nation, in addition to a helpful list of best practices for those who choose to travel with their pets. Learning the airlines’ regulations before embarking is the first, best way to ensure a smooth travel experience.
“From Denver to JFK, there were many outstanding airports featured in our article. Though required by law, many airports choose to offer services beyond what is necessary.
They go out of their way to accommodate not just necessary service animals, but also beloved pets of all types,” said Upgraded Points – whom conducted the study – founder Alex Miller.