Nov 18, 2016
Jensen Werley, Reporter
Jacksonville Business Journal
Jacksonville International Airport is making a fur-friendly move, with a new, in-terminal pet and service animal relief area.
The area is located post security, and is there to offer a place for pets and service animals to relieve themselves while waiting for flights.
The 22-foot by 36-foot area, located between concourses A and C, includes an eight-foot entrance corridor, mock front porch area with seating, handwashing sink, pick-up bag dispenser and waste receptacle.
“We know there are many pets and service animals traveling through our airport,” said Steve Grossman, CEO of Jacksonville Aviation Authority, in a statement “and we’re pleased to offer this amenity to make their experience at JAX even more enjoyable.”
The pet potty station even has a colorful fire hydrant, and is made with artificial K9 turf so it can be hosed down. Beneath the turf is a sanitary sewer drain and automatic system that flushes the area every 45 minutes. It also has its own dedicated air handling equipment to keep the area odor free.
The new facility is in addition to an existing pet relief area located outside baggage claim on the south side of the terminal.
Jacksonville joins the likes of other major airports — such as JFK, Dallas/ Fort Worth, Seattle-Tacoma and San Diego International Airport — to install an indoor pet station.