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Travelling with pets: Airline pet fees and policies

Don’t want to leave your furry friend at home on your holiday? Here’s the low-down on pet travel with 15 airlines that serve Ireland, including Aer Lingus, Ryanair and easyJet.
Pet travel: Blue eyed Himalayan Kitten standing on a turquoise vintage suitcase.

Travelling with your dog or cat this summer? Find out all about airline pet fees and policies for stress-free flying with your four-legged friend – and don’t forget to check all the details directly with the airline before you travel.

On most airlines assistance dogs travel in the cabin free of charge. Note also that certain budget airlines, like Ryanair and easyJet, don’t allow any pets on the plane – but assistance dogs can fly with you in the cabin of the aircraft on many flights. 

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Airline pet fees & policies for 15 major airlines

Airline Pet fees & policies
Aer LingusWithin Ireland & flights to Britain:
Only cats, dogs and rabbits accepted on Aer Lingus Regional flights

Within Europe:
Must be booked through a freight forwarder

Flights to North America:
Cats & dogs only, can be booked as excess baggage (except Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle). Pets not accepted on flights to/from Newark, Philadelphia, Hartford

Flights from North America:
Cats & dogs only, must travel as cargo.

Air France
In the cabin (dog or cat up to 8kg including bag):
€30-€125 per bag, depending on route

In the hold (dog or cat 8-75kg):
€75-€200 per container

By freight:
Animals with container more >75kg

British Airways
Pets (including emotional support animals) must travel in the hold

Flights to the UK: pets transported with IAG Cargo

from the UK: pets transported with PetAir UK
Flights to/from Ireland or the UK:
Animals as checked or carry-on baggage not accepted
Dogs, cats & ferrets travel as cargo to the U.K. 

No pets permitted, apart from recognised registered guide and assistance dogs
Animals not permitted in the cabin with the exception of falcons (Dubai to certain destinations in Pakistan) and Guide Dogs for the Blind
Flights to Dubai:
Pets transported as cargo

All other routes (flights under 17 hours):
Falcons, cats, dogs and pet birds transported as checked baggage in the hold
€448-€717* depending on weight & size (animal+cage)

<300cm pets transported as cargo

Etihad Airways
No pets permitted in the cabin (except for falcons, for a fee)

Guide dogs transported as checked baggage in the cargo hold free of charge

All other pets transported as cargo through Etihad Cargo
Dogs, cats and ferrets travel in the hold

Assistance dogs travel as cargo on all UK routes and certain international routes (from Manchester, Birmingham etc.)
No pets permitted, with the exception of assistance dogs accompanying customers
In the cabin (most flights):
Small cats and dogs in a pet travel bag 46x28x24cm, max. 8kg

Assistance dogs travel free of charge

In the hold:
Pet+kennel max. weight 75kg

€30-200 depending on destination

As cargo:
<75kg and 292 cm (l + w + h)

In the cabin:
Small dogs and cats+container up to 55x40x23cm, max. 8kg
€50-€110, depending on route
Assistance dogs transported free of charge

In the hold:
Larger pets, hares and rabbits travel as excess baggage
€80-€190 depending on route for container up to 60x45x40cm
€160-€380 for container up to 125x75x85cm

<125x75x85cm transported as freight
In the cabin:
Small cats or dogs in pet carriers 43x31x20cm, max. 8kg on flights in Norway (Svalbard excluded), Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Argentina and Spain
€62-€85** at the airport

In the cargo hold:
Flights to/from Svalbard (dogs only), within Schengen, domestic flights within Argentina
€68-€90** online
€85-€102** at the airport
Qatar Airways
Dogs, cats and birds travel as checked baggage
Service dogs allowed in the cabin on certain routes, otherwise they travel in the hold free of charge

To/from Qatar:
>32kg €179*
32-75kg €269*
All other routes:
>32kg €313*
32-75kg €403*

Animals <75kg, <300cm transported as cargo
No pets permitted 
Guide/assistance dogs accepted on all EU/EEA and domestic flights
Thomas Cook Airlines
Pets travel as cargo
Guide or Assistance Dogstravel in the cabin

*USD to Euro conversion on 22/05/19
**GBP to Euro conversion on 22/05/19
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*Updated May 2019. Whilst information was correct at the time of publication, we’d recommend that you check the details with the airline or OTA before booking.

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