Animal reception terminal to open at Ben-Gurion Airport in 2020

After nearly 10 years of planning, Ben-Gurion Airport has announced that the construction of the Israeli Animal Reception Center (ARC) is officially underway.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 29, 2019 05:56
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Animal reception terminal to open at Ben-Gurion Airport in 2020

Layout of the proposed Israeli Animal Reception Center at Ben Gurion Airport. (photo credit: Courtesy)

After nearly 10 years of planning, Ben-Gurion Airport has announced that the construction of the Israeli Animal Reception Center (ARC) is officially underway.

The facility will be built over 1.3 acres of land, including around 1,500 meters of kennel and office space able to accompany up to 150 dogs and 50 cats . The structure is being designed by Terminal4Pets, a company that has provided pet shipping services in Israel for more than 20 years.


"The ARC will provide pet accommodations and services for pets traveling to, from, and through Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport," the airport said in a statement. "Services including boarding, ground handling, transit services, cargo services, veterinary care, VIP services, kennel shop, grooming, training and emergency services will all be conveniently located near Terminal 1 at Ben-Gurion airport."

The ARC intends to provide "professional and essential import and export services," with and emphasis on ensuring the welfare and safety of the animals.

The grand opening of the terminal is scheduled for 2020.

Most airlines will allow passengers to take a cat or small dog in the cabin of their airplane for an additional fee, but this much be arranged well in advance, as there are limits to the number of animals allowed in the cabin. Animals must also meet certain size requirements.


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