Helsinki Airport has opened two designated pet relief areas


  • Animals
  • Sunday, 16 Feb 2020

Following airports like JFK in New York, Helsinki Airport is now also offering globetrotting pets a place to relieve themselves. — dpa

Good news for the globetrotting pets of the world: Finland’s largest airport is the latest to join a growing number of travel hubs offering restrooms for both two- and four-legged travellers.

Helsinki Airport has opened two designated pet relief areas for passengers travelling with their pets or service animals, Finnish airport operator Finavia says.

The move reflects a rise in passengers travelling with their four-legged friends, service dogs or rescue dogs. Finavia estimates that about 10,000 dogs pass through Helsinki Airport each year.

“Passengers with animals have been sending us messages asking where pets could be taken when they need to relieve themselves, ” said a Finavia spokesperson.

Similar areas are not very common in Northern European airports, but the spokesperson noted that “in the United States, for example, transportation authorities require accessible relief areas for passengers travelling with service animals.”

One of the areas is located outside the main entrance to Terminal 2, the other pet restroom is inside the airport – in a separate, closed-off space.

The pet toilet was designed “with dogs in mind, but other pets are also welcome”, Finavia said. – dpa

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