Thinking of flying with pets?
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If you’re planning a trip with your furry best friend then you need to know how much it’ll cost and that your animal will be transported safely and in comfort.
Here’s everything you need to know about travelling with your pet, from taking your dog on a plane, to airline carrier fees. Check out the full details on flying with pets from the biggest airlines, including British Airways, Ryanair and EasyJet, and know what your options are before you fly.
Pets must be booked to travel with Aer Lingus Cargo. Animals presented for transport at passenger check-in won’t be accepted under any circumstances.
Pets must be transported by freight if the animal and its container weigh more than 75kg, or if it is traveling to a country that authorises animal transport only by freight. A dog or cat weighing 8kg-75kg must be transported in the hold. There is a limit of three animals per passenger. With prior approval from Air France’s Customer Service department, you may transport in the cabin if your dogs or cat weighing less than 8kg (including the transport bag or container). Guide dogs are authorised regardless of their weight:
British Airways does not allow pets to travel in the cabin, except recognised assistance dogs, which can travel with the owner free of charge in the cabin. All other pets must travel as cargo in the hold – this includes emotional assistance animals. Animals are handled by BA’s sister company, IAG World Cargo. Fees and required pet carrier size depends on the animal, so passengers are advised to get in contact with the airline prior to the flight.
The carriage of live animals, including pets, insects, reptiles, or any other form of livestock is forbidden anywhere on any easyJet aircraft. Exceptions are made for guide dogs or assistance dogs.
Animals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights. Exceptions are made for falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan. Guide dogs are permitted.
Assistance dogs are permitted on domestic routes, and international routes from the following airports: Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. All dogs and cats travel in the hold (except for assistance dogs). For more information, call 0844 800 2855.
Pets will be transported either in the cabin or the hold, depending on the animal’s weight and size. Fees depend on the destination and size of the animal:
No live animals are permitted to fly in the cargo hold of a Ryanair aircraft. Similarly, the airline does not generally permit live animals to fly in the cabin. Exceptions are made, however, for guide dogs or assistance animals. The dogs must have a pet passport or an official veterinary health certificate if their country of origin does not provide passports. Due to restrictions, guide/assistant dogs are not allowed on flights to or from Morocco, or flights to/from Israel.
Pets are not included in the free baggage allowance and incur a fee. Fees start at $35, and depend on whether the animal is being stored in the hold or cabin. Full fee information is listed online. It is charged per kilo, and based on how many ‘zones’ travelled through.
The cost of taking your pet can vary, depending on the length, width, height and weight of your pet, plus its container. Pets are also eligible for air miles with the Flying Paws scheme. Only cats and dogs are allowed onto Virgin Atlantic flights. Call Virgin Atlantic’s dedicated team for pricing.
**The original article was published by Skyscanner in 2017 so there may be slight changes.
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