The Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Michigan has unveiled its first post-security pet relief area for passengers traveling with animals.
Located at the beginning of Concourse A, the amenity features a floor-level drinking waterspout for pets; a K9 grass system to provide optimal drainage; a handwashing station and waste removal bin; and an automatic flushing system to ensure continuous cleanliness throughout the day.
It is also wheelchair accessible, compliant with the US Department of Transportation Air Carrier Access Act rule.
“We understand that travel companions come in all shapes and sizes, and our commitment to providing a seamless and comfortable journey extends to our furry friends,” said Tory Richardson, president and CEO of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. “This new space further elevates the guest experience, ensuring all passengers, including their animal companions, feel welcomed and cared for during their journey through the airport.”
The animal relief area is part of Elevate, a US$500m program to accommodate passenger growth. This initiative reportedly represents the largest capital expansion for a small hub airport in the country, featuring modern amenities, eight new gates on Concourse A, additional concession and retail concepts, sustainable design elements and more.
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