It is understandable to want to bring your beloved pet with you on your travels around the country. Unfortunately, traveling with pets can often pose a host of challenges even if you have a service dog. Here are 5 of the most pet-friendly airports to consider for your next trip, ensuring that you and your animal will have a great travel experience:
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
JFK continually leads the pack when it comes to pet-friendly airport accommodations. Many of the terminals provide easy access to pet relief areas. Terminal 5 boasts a stunning 4,000 square-foot outdoor garden patio, affectionately known as the “wooftop.” Visitors to this terrace can sit and watch their pets run around and burn off energy before the flight ahead. Terminal 8 is also a haven for pets with its 1,000 square-foot patch of real grass located right before you reach the security line.
Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
This Midwestern gem features two separate outdoor areas pre-security and one post-security indoor area for animals to relieve themselves and run around. The indoor areas feature a whimsical fire hydrant, fake grass, and a sink. Now Boarding is an onsite organization affiliated with the Animal Humane society that provides boarding, grooming, and training services, making it easier than ever to travel with your favorite animal.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)
As the second busiest airport in the country, ATL is also one of the most accommodating airports when it comes to pets. Outside of the security area, ATL is home to a 1,000 square-foot dog park where your dog can get some fresh air. The airport also offers relief areas in every concourse. Pet Paradise is ATL’s onsite boarding facility, making it simple to leave your pet with trained professionals and pick it up when you return from your trip.
Denver International Airport (DEN)
It is no surprise that DEN offers so many amazing pet services. This modern airport is consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world because of its wide array of convenience facilities. DEN is home to the popular Paradise 4 Paws pet resort. This 25,000 square-foot facility operates 24 hours per day. All three concourses offer pet relief stations that provide an artificial rock and a turf flooring system with the proper drainage.
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
The city of Austin certainly loves its dogs, so it makes sense that the airport is flush with an abundance of pet-friendly amenities. AUS boasts a dog-friendly landscaped and well-lit “dog walk” located prior to reaching security. This area even has a pet drinking fountain so that Fido can quench his thirst. The airport also provides complimentary waste pick-up bags and an outdoor patio designated for pet relief located past the security check.
Other pet-friendly airports are Reno Tahoe International Airport, Dallas Love Field Airport, and Sky Harbor International Airport. Whether you have a service animal, therapy dog or other pet, you’ll have fun exploring these airports with them.
Before you take to the friendly skies with your furry family member, be sure to look into traveling through one of these five exceptional airports for pet owners. Leaving your pet at home? We have some tips for how to prepare for a trip away in this blog post.