Pet Airline Travel

Airline Rules and Regulations Change.

Please use this information as a guide, and always followup with your airline of choice to confirm current information.

 

Pets can travel in two ways: in the cabin with you, or unaccompanied. We will mainly focus on pets traveling in the passenger cabin as a carry-on. The general requirements or rules include:

A health certificate – in most cases health certificates are issued by a licensed veterinarian who examined the animal within certain (airline specifics – see below) days of transport
Age – Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and must have been weaned before traveling by air
Carry-on pets are small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel (or carrier) that is placed under the seat
Animals are never allowed out of the kennel (or carrier) during flight
Advance reservation
Refusal – All airlines reserve the right to refuse an animal for reasons such as not meeting IATA regulations, illness, poor kenneling, or extreme temperatures at origin, transfer or destination airports.
The small, s-medium or medium size carriers on our site meet the requirements of most airlines. The dimension of the large size carriers may exceed those set out by some airlines. For your reference, the following is extracted information of major airlines’ requirements and the links for full details (updated on 06/2001):

Air Canada Health certificate– varies upon destination.
Reservation– Reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure.
Carry on requirements– No larger than 9.5″x15.5″x21″.
Charge– $50 + tax for domestic flights(within North America); international flights vary upon destination.
For information call
1-800-361-8071. Or you can visit their website at http://www.aircanada.ca/
American
Airlines
Health Certificate -varies with destination.
Reservation -Reconfirm 24 to 48 hours before scheduled departure.
Charge -$75 one way for domestic travel;International rates vary with destination.
For information call 1-800-433-7300, or you can visit their website at http://www.aa.com/
America West
Airlines now US Airways
Health Certificate-A health certificate is required, and it must be dated within 30 days of departure. A rabies shot for dogs are required.
Only small dogs, cats, or birds allowed as carry on. No pets are transported in cargo.
Carry on requirements– no larger than 17″x16″x10″, and must abide by IATA regulations.
Reservation-reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure. Limited pet cabin space per flight. Please call.
Charge-$75 each way. For flights to Canada and Mexico, ask for information at point of reservation.
For information call 1-800-235-9292 or visit their website at http://www.americawest.com/
British
Airways
Health Certificate-make sure you have all applicable documentation and vaccination requirements for your specific destination. If not, British Airways will refuse the boarding of your pet.
Reservation-Reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure.
Information on requirements-For information on the various requirements for different destinations/countries, you can call the UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAFF)at 020-7904-6347.
British Airways only allows cats and dogs as carry on.
Charge-varies with destination.
For information call
1-800-247-9297 or you can visit their website at www.britishairways.com/usa
Delta
Airlines
Health certificate– varies with destination and aircraft.
Reservation– reconfirm 24-48 hours before departure.
Carry on size requirements– the pet must be in a device, abiding by IATA requirements, that measures no more than 21″x13″x9″, and is no smaller than 17″x12″x8″.
Charge– $75 each way for domestic flights; international flights vary with destination.
For information call 1-800-325-5205. Or you can visit their website at http://www.delta.com/
Lufthansa
Airlines
Health Certificate-varies with destination. A rabies shot dated within the last 30 days is required for any pet.
Only cats and dogs allowed as carry on. All other pets must ride in cargo.
Carry on requirements-Unit that pet is in must weigh no more than 8 kilos (with pet), and it must measure no more than 22″x16″x8″.
Reservation-Reconfirm 24-48 hours prior to departure.
Charge-varies with destination.
For information call
1-800-645-3800, or you can visit their website at www.lufthansa.com/usa
Northwest
Airlines
Health certificate– required; must be dated within 10 days of departure.
Reservation-reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure.
Requirements for carry on pets– no larger than 17″x12.3″x8″. Only allow dogs, cats, and small household birds.
Charge– $75-$110 for domestic flights; international flights vary with destination.
For information call
1-800-441-1818, or you can visit their website at http://www.nwa.com/
Trans World
Atlantic (TWA)
Health certificate– required; must be dated within 10 days of departure.
Reservation– Reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure.
Charge– $75 each way for domestic flights; international flights vary with destination.
For information call
1-800-221-2000. Or you can visit their website at http://www.twa.com/
United
Airline
(UA)
Health Certificate – to be issued no more than 30 days before departure
Reservation – Reconfirm 24 to 48 hours before departure
Shipped as cargo – ONLY from “Know Shippers” to United Cargo, commercial animal shippers or licensed pet breeders
Other than dogs or cats – Contact UA for acceptance
Charge – $75 one way for domestic travel; international rates vary by destination
For information call 1-800-241-6522, or you can visit their website at http://www.united.com/
U.S
Airways
Health Certificate– Suggested.
Reservation– reconfirm 24 hours prior to departure.
Pet requirements– Can only bring small dogs,cats,and birds as carry on.
Charge– $75 each way for domestic flights; international flights vary with destination.
For information call
1-800-428-4322. Or you can visit their website at http://www.usairways.com/
For more information regarding the policies of regarding the policies of international airlines on pets, checkout the following links:
http://www.aeromexico.com/
http://www.finnair.com/
http://www.olympicairways.com/
http://www.airindia.com/
http://www.airchina.com.cn/
http://www.japanair.com/
http://www.swissair.com/
http://www.airfrance.com/
http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/
http://www.klm.com/
http://www.airjamaica.com/
http://www.avianca.com/
http://www.cathaypacific.com/
The following are useful references or traveling tips you may also want to look at:
The Independent Pet And Animal Transportation Association IPATA IPATA is an International Trade Association of animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and small animals during transport locally . . . nationwide . . . worldwide. For further information you can call IPATA at 1-903-769-2267, or you can visit their website at http://www.ipata.com/
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) This agency enforces the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) that protects dogs, cats, and most other warm-blooded animals transported in commerce. It’s shipping regulations help ensure that people who transport and handle animals covered under the AWA treat them humanely. You can find helpful hints on traveling with pets. www.aphis.usda.gov/oa/pubs/petravel.html Call (800) 545-USDA or
USDA-APHIS-Animal Care at (301) 734-4981
Eastern Region – (410) 571-8692
Central Region – (817) 885-6910
Western Region – (916) 857-6205
If you are traveling through Europe via EuroRailways, the following information may be useful:
In most countries, small pets travel for free or at a minimal charge, and larger pets travel at half the 2nd class fare (even if traveling with passengers in 1st class). Often, pets are required to be kept in a traveling container. In some countries (e.g. Spain and Britain) pets are not allowed. For special regulations for the French-Spanish Hotel-trains pets are admitted if the compartment is reserved entirely. For further information you can call 1-954-463-1169, or you can visit their website at http://www.eurorailways.com/