The ARK at JFK appoints Michael Falacara as new COO


Michael Falacara, formerly COO of dnata us, will be responsible for day-to-day operations and interactions with air carriers, cargo agents, and ground handlers and will be joining animal-in-transit facility The Ark at JFK as chief operating officer effective January 2, 2020. He will be responsible regulatory bodies to reinforce The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey/JFK Airport’s status as one of the premier US airports for travelling animals.

“With over 30 years of air cargo and ground handling experience at JFK, we believe that Mike brings invaluable knowledge of air cargo and port operations to The ARK’s team of seasoned real estate, financial, marketing and animal handling professionals,” says John J. Cuticelli, Jr. CEO and founder of The ARK at JFK.

Prior to The ARK at JFK, Falacara was chief operating officer for dnata us, Aviation Services’ US-based operations responsible for managing over 3,000 employees, overseeing seven discrete business lines. In this role, he co-ordinated ground handling for approximately 200 daily wide body international flights from over 45 different airlines at 17 US airports.

“I am excited to be a part of this entrepreneurial company,” says Falacara. “This is an opportunity to bring a niche business line to forefront of the aviation community here at JFK and beyond. I look forward to the challenge of moving the company to the next level and providing the array of services that The ARK operation offers to customers and airlines alike.”