Flying with a pet has never been easier! Over the years, international pet travel has become more and more popular, with airlines becoming increasingly pet-friendly, allowing them to board planes, whether in the cabin or in the hold. Read on to find out about five pet-friendly airlines and what they offer.
TUI, formerly known as Thomson, is one of the largest airlines in the UK and is a huge part of the holiday experience for many. They allow pets to travel on the same flight as you, in the hold section where the air temperature and pressure are controlled, and their water container is refilled before departure – ensuring a safe journey for your pet.
If you are travelling with TUI, make sure to contact them to get your pet booked at least 7 days before departure!
One of the most popular pet-friendly airlines is British Airways, which will ship most cat or dog breeds on their flights, aside from flat-faced breeds such as bulldogs, pugs, or pekingese, valuing the animal’s safety first and foremost.
On British Airways flights, pets travel in the hold section of the plane, but service dogs may travel in the cabin area of the plane with their owner.
Another pioneer in international pet travel is Emirates which makes your pet’s comfort and safety a priority.
With a dedicated team that cares about a pet’s flying experience as easy as possible, you can trust Emirates to make it a smooth process. They offer a ‘Pet’s Plus’ package which includes collection from home, kennels, and import customs clearance to make the process simple.
Your pet will be travelling in a temperature-controlled area of the aircraft and they are the last to be loaded onto the plane and the first to be retrieved upon arrival, ensuring maximum safety and comfort.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is another pet-friendly airline, allowing domestic cats, dogs, and small birds to travel as checked baggage on domestic flights.
They take flying with a pet seriously and so they maintain strict rules for you to follow to ensure safety for pets and other passengers.
Your pet can travel on the same flight as you, however many people choose to send their pet before them as they will need to quarantine for 10 days upon their arrival, so by the time you arrive your pet will be ready to join you on your adventures!
With over 50 years of experience in pet transport services, American Airlines are a trusted provider of international pet travel.
Their policy allows certified service animals to travel with their owners in the cabin, free of charge, with non-certified service animals able to travel separately as cargo, with temperature restrictions in place to prevent any danger that can occur from extreme heat or cold.
We hope this has given you some great options for your international pet travel and helps you to get started on planning your travels!
TailWings are experienced specialists providing pet transport services into and out of the UK. If you would like any help with flying with a pet, get in touch with our friendly team who will be happy to help.