News Pet travel: flying with pets, airline policies and fees

All articles

Pet travel: flying with pets, airline policies and fees

Thinking of flying with pets? If you're planning a trip with your 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 beloved 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.

Aer Lingus Can I fly with pets? Yes, airline carrier is Aer Lingus Cargo. Read on to find out more.
Air France Can I fly with pets? Yes, in the hold if your pet weighs 8-75kg. Read on to find out more.
British Airways Can I fly with pets? Yes, in the hold, not in the cabin, unless they are assistance dogs. Read on to find out more.
How much does it cost? If flying with an assistance dog, free
EasyJet Can I fly with pets? No, exceptions may be made for guide dogs. Read on to find out more.
Emirates Can I fly with pets? No, exceptions may be made for guide dogs and falcons. Read on to find out more.
FlyBe Can I fly with pets? Yes, in the hold, no in the cabin, unless they are assistance dogs. Read on to find out more.
Lufthansa Can I fly with pets? Yes, read on to find out more.
Ryanair Can I fly with pets? No, exceptions may be made for guide dogs, read on to find out more.
Does my pet need a passport? 
Yes
Thomson Can I fly with pets? Yes
Does my pet need a passport? 
Yes – apply via AIA Pets. Read on to find out more.
Thomas Cook Can I fly with pets? Yes, if they weigh less than 6kg and are older than 8 weeks. Read on to find out more.
Turkish Airlines Can I fly with pets?  Yes, read on to find out more.
Virgin Atlantic Can I fly with pets? Yes, only cats and dogs are allowed to fly. Read on to find out more.

Aer Lingus
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.

Air France
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:

Flights within France: 20
Flights within Europe: 75
All other flights: 200

British Airways
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.

easyJet
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.

Emirates
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.

Flybe
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.

Lufthansa
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:

Small: €35 to €100
Medium: €70 to €200
Large: €150 to €400

Ryanair 
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.

Thomson
You can ask for your pet to be carried on most Thomson Airways flights. Passengers should complete the booking form at [AIA Pets](http://aiapets.com/), where fee information is available for your specific animal. If you’re travelling to Europe, your pet will just need a pet passport. Pets will be stored in the cargo, and all travel boxes must be fitted with a water container.

Thomas Cook
Dogs and cats less than 6kg can be carried in the cabin. This comes with a charge of €15* per animal. Cats and dogs less than eight weeks old are not permitted. Animals must be in a closed hygienic watertight bag or basket.

Turkish Airlines
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.

Virgin Atlantic
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.

Now that you know the facts about flying with your pet, are you ready to search for cheap flights? Knock yourself out…

Map

Want more travel tips? Stay savvy with Skyscanner:

The definitive guide to luggage restrictions and allowances for the UK’s biggest airlines. Our complete guides to baggage rules and restrictions for the UK’s biggest airlines, including easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways and Jet2.

What liquids can you carry in your hand luggage? 
A no-nonsense guide to what liquids you can carry in your hand luggage when flying to and from UK airports, along with all of the exceptions.

10 cabin bags guaranteed to get your hand luggage on board 
It might feel like airlines ask us to pack our stuff into smaller carry-on bags each year, but you can avoid all of the stress (and the baggage fees) by investing in one of these cabin cases.

*Prices valid as of 10th February 2017. For additional information, please see the airline website for full details regarding sizing and up to date fees. Notice a change in the fees? Leave a comment below and we’ll update the page.

Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.

Map

Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: