Animals are subject to all sorts of stresses when traveling – especially on an airplane. Cramped carrying-crates, changes in air pressure, changes in surrounding, being in claustrophobic proximity to other animals who are also subject to the same anxieties. In many ways, this doesn’t sound much different than what it is like being a human passenger, except that animals are sometimes treated as mere luggage by some airlines.
Taking all of these factors into consideration, Germany’s Frankfurt Airport recently opened the Lufthansa Frankfurt Animal Lounge – a first-class facility for animals of all types. In the 3,750 square-meter lounge, which is floored with non-slip asphalt (supposedly easier on an animal’s paws/hooves/claws than concrete), pets have their own stay areas, including 42 large-animal stalls, 39 small-animal boxes, aviaries, and 12 climate-controlled chambers for exotic and expensive creatures.
There is a staff of veterinarians who can oversee and monitor your pet’s health during its travels, and the entire lounge has day-night simulated lighting, sound-proofed walls and organic food. In other words, all of your animals – even your fish – will enjoy their stay in the lounge. They might even be treated better there than at home.
The lounge was created by the good people at Lufthansa, who pride themselves on customer service – animal and human alike. You can view Lufthansa’s information graphic of the lounge here, and trust that if you need to stop in Frankfurt, your pet won’t get treated like a parcel of third-class bulk mail.