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New Pet Relief Area


Friday, July 24, 2009

Every Dog Has His Day at American Airlines JFK Terminal (Cats Welcome, Too)

New Pet Relief Area Has Grassy Patch, Waste Disposal Facility, Red Fire Hydrant

NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The dog days of summer are officially here, but every day is now dogs' day at the American Airlines Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

American has installed a new Pet Relief Area at the terminal's departure level, so that passengers with pets can give their canine or feline friends a final chance to relieve themselves before packing them away in their kennels for the flight.

"American Airlines is sensitive to the needs of passengers who travel with their pets," said Joseph Daly, American's Facilities Maintenance Manager at JFK Airport. "Pets that travel have comfort needs, too, so we wanted to provide a way for them to be comfortable before boarding their flight, just like the rest of us."

The new Pet Relief Area is a 30 feet by 50 feet enclosure, including a 1,000-square-foot patch of natural grass. It has a five-foot wide entrance gate, a walkway and two benches. A "Mutt Mitt" dispenser is provided, together with a trash barrel at the gate for waste disposal. A bright red fire hydrant stands at the far end of the grassy area.

American worked with the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners in creating the area, and American's JFK terminal is now listed on the PetFriendlyTravel.com Web site.

American Airlines serves Greater New York with 210 flights to 63 nonstop destinations from four airports: LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty and White Plains/Westchester County. American offers service from New York to 29 international destinations, including London, Paris, Rome, Zurich, Brussels, Milan, Barcelona and Tokyo.