Rickenbacker’s upgraded animal transport facility benefits livestock industry logistics

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July 18, 2018: Rickenbacker International Airport, airport in Ohio dedicated to cargo, has invested $423,000 to renovate its animal transport facility.

Some of the major changes introduced through the renovation project that was started at the beginning of the year are twelve new animal stalls have been added to provide space for livestock to rest before being inspected and exported; on-site USDA office and restrooms also were completely renovated.

The facility has received US Department of Agriculture status as both a certified Export Inspection Facility and a Permanent Port of Embarkation for livestock. Fewer than 50 such facilities exist nationwide, with Rickenbacker being the only one in Ohio.

“Our self-sufficient, world-class facility benefits all those involved in the animal transport process,” said Joseph R Nardone, president & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, which operates the airport.

“Our customers can handle the resting and inspection processes in a safe, quiet area that is minutes away from waiting aircraft. Most importantly, the animals are under less stress because they spend less time in transport with fewer stops along the way.”

Horses most commonly pass through the facility, but it is certified for equines, ruminants and swine.

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