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Flying with your pets

Flying with your pets

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.


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.



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.


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.


You can ask for your pet to be carried on most Thomson Airways flights. Passengers should complete the booking form at AIA Pets, 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.  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.

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Hi I live in South Yorkshire and want to bring my little Chihuahua over to spain for 6 to eight weeks at end of Sept .. flying into Alicante Doncaster or east midlands manchester are all airports i can go to !
thank you in advance i have been quoted £1500 but thought this rather expensive !

Tracy Ann

Hi, you would need to contact some other airlines and get quotes, it is quite expensive by air, good luck with your search.

Janice Clark
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aww thank you 😊

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Edward Kenny

Janice I used WFS SHIPPING AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT CARGO TO TRANSPORT MY PET POMERANIA DOG TO ALICANTE ,THEY CHARGED £498.00 ,contact Ian Fairman at AIA PETS ,TEL NUMBER : 0203 432 7828 or email at ifairman@aiapets.com

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Btw I used Thomas cook airlines, when u arrive at Alicante airport you have to get a taxi to the ground force cargo area ,it’s about a mile away at rear of airport,to collect your pet and they will phone you a taxi to return to airport for your transfer unless you have your own transport.

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