Study reveals top dog-friendly U.S. airports

Planning a trip with your dog or cat? Try to work one of these airports into your itinerary and enjoy all the pet-friendly amenities!

The number of people traveling with their pets has increased substantially in the past few years. To accommodate their furry visitors, many airports are adding pet-friendly amenities, minimizing the stress of all those involved. Interested in this trend, Upgraded Points did extensive research to determine the top 10 most pet-friendly airports in the United States. They weighed factors such as the availability of pet relief stations and the quality and diversity of other pet amenities.

A maximum of 5 points were awarded based on quality to airports with indoor relief areas.

For other pet-friendly amenities (eg. onsite dog parks that are fully-fenced), a maximum of 4.5 points were awarded.

If an onsite boarding or daycare facility was available, another .5 a point was granted.

Here are the results:

1. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

JKF was awarded 10 points – the highest rating possible. This facility has post-security pet relief areas in multiple terminals, as well as a 4,000 square foot outdoor garden patio in Terminal 5 open to all passengers and their pets. Animal care and veterinary services are available 24/7.

2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Awarded 9.5 points, this airport has relief areas in every concourse, as well as a 1,000 square foot dog park located pre-security, fully equipped with biodegradable bags and seating for pet parents. A 24/7 boarding facility is also available.

3. Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

9 points were awarded to Sky Harbor for providing visitors with nine areas for pets to stretch their legs, drink water, and take potty breaks. These spaces are indoors, but they’re decorated with plants to create an outdoorsy feel!

4. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX was awarded 8.5 points for having eight indoor animal relief stations post-security, as well as three indoor stations. This brings the total number of relief stations to 11 – more than any other U.S. airport.

5. Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Granted 8.25 points for having animal relief areas at both terminals, this airport has also partnered with Now Boarding – an affiliate of the Animal Humane Society – to provide care, training and grooming services to four-legged visitors.

6. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

Sitting at 7.75 points, AUS has a “Dog Walk” that includes a pet drinking fountain, dog waste pick-up bags, and trash bins. They’ve also teamed up with a local wellness company to offer a quarterly “therapy dog meet and greet” at the airport. Bark and Zoom is also located on this airport’s property – a facility equipped with outdoor play yards and swimming pools for dogs.

7. Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

Reno-Tahoe International Airport was awarded 7.5 points for their indoor pet relief area and two fully fenced outdoor dog parks. The airport also has a popular Paw for Passengers program featuring service dogs to help welcome passengers.

8. Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL)

7.25 points went to Dallas Love Field for their large pet park and two smaller pet relief areas.

9. Denver International Airport (DEN)

Denver received 7 points for an outdoor pet relief area, and indoor pet relief rooms that feature turf flooring with a drainage system and an artificial rock. Each room is also decorated with a wall mural of a Colorado landscape. A boarding center for pets is also onsite, featuring 24-hour service.

10. Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW)

This airport was given 6.75 points for having plenty of space outdoors for pets to relieve themselves, as well as four relief areas post-security. A pet resort is also available near the airport, and it’s always open to make coming and going easier for travelers!

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