what are the foundations for flying with a pet?

Individuals planning to journey to or from France by aircraft with their pet needs to be conscious that completely different airways impose completely different situations of carriage.

The Course générale de l’Aviation civile (DGAC) advises that passengers examine these situations earlier than shopping for their flight ticket, and inform the airline that they’re planning on touring with their animal as some corporations solely enable a sure variety of pets on every flight.

It’s usually doable so as to add a pet to your flight on-line by managing your reserving after paying for the essential ticket.

It is usually doable to name the airline at the least 72 hours earlier than the flight to verify that your pet shall be touring with you.

Most airways will solely enable canine or cats so when you want to journey with a chook or a hamster, it is advisable to examine with the provider in query.

Canine included inside Class 1 on France’s harmful canine record – comparable to pit bulls or mastiffs – aren’t allowed to journey by aircraft.

Snub-nosed canine breeds comparable to boxers and bulldogs ought to solely journey if a vet decides that it’s secure to take action as they usually undergo from respiratory difficulties.

You need to additionally make it possible for the animal has a sound European pet passport or equal, and that it has had all the obligatory vaccinations and/or checks for the nation you might be visiting.

Some airways will enable small animals – in addition to information canine – into the cabin. You will discover out whether or not that is the case by getting in contact with the airline. You need to ask too for the utmost permitted animal weight.

Pets not allowed within the cabin should journey within the maintain, not with the bags however with a pressurised, heated and ventilated house the place their cages aren’t allowed to maneuver about.

The cage through which your animal travels will need to have air flow holes and be large enough that the pet can flip round and lie down comfortably. It’s possible you’ll need to repair feeders or animal water bottles to the within, however keep away from bowls which may spill their contents.

You too can label the within of the cage with the title of the animal, their microchip quantity, your title, phone quantity and vacation spot handle. It needs to be famous that chains aren’t allowed when touring by air.

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Particular person airline guidelines

Air France-KLM

Air France-KLM states that an animal should be greater than 15 weeks outdated and have had all required vaccinations updated as a way to journey.

Canine and cats who weigh lower than 8kg – together with their carry case – could journey within the cabin.

Inflexible cages aren’t allowed within the cabin so this bag should be of a particular sort: sealed however with air flow holes and never exceeding 46 x 28 x 24cm in measurement. This bag is taken into account as additional hand baggage and so shall be chargeable.

For journey within the maintain, the animal should be contained inside a inflexible cage with air flow holes.

Every passenger could solely journey with one animal, and pets aren’t allowed in Enterprise class cabins on intercontinental flights.

Snub-nosed canine and cats could not journey within the maintain, Class 1 harmful canine are banned and people in Class 2 – comparable to Rottweilers and Tosas – are solely permitted on freight flights.

Passengers shall be charged:

  • €80 for placing an animal within the maintain and €40 for bringing one into the cabin on home flights

  • €75 for the maintain and €30 within the cabin on intra-Caribbean flights

  • €200 within the maintain and €55 within the cabin for European and Europe-North Africa flights

  • €75 within the maintain and €55 within the cabin for flights to sure abroad territories

  • €400 within the maintain and €125 within the cabin for all different flights.

Delta Airways

Small canine, cats and home birds can journey within the cabin on Delta flights, usually for the value of a single ticket, to be paid at check-in.

The animal should be able to touring calmly in a carry case positioned below the passenger’s seat.

They have to even be at the least 16 weeks outdated if touring to the US.

Passengers could solely carry one carry case every. Snub-nosed canine and cats aren’t permitted.

The cost for pets is mostly round €200 on worldwide flights.


Ryanair solely accepts information canine and different help canine, and even these animals are banned on flights to or from Morocco and Israel.


EasyJet solely permits information canine to journey on its planes, and never on flights to or from Egypt, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco or Turkey.

British Airways

Information canine can journey freed from cost on British Airways flights, though solely a restricted variety of them can come into the cabin.

Any pets getting on board should be within the maintain, and their transport is organized by a service referred to as PetAir UK. Costs depend upon the animal measurement and kind.

It needs to be famous that emotional help canine are classed as pets by British Airways and so can not journey within the cabin.


Vueling will take canine, cats, birds (besides birds of prey) and tortoises within the cabin, however they should be carried in a comfortable case whose dimensions don’t exceed 45 x 39 x 21cm and which doesn’t weigh greater than 10kg with the animal inside.

These pets are solely allowed to journey if they won’t disturb or show harmful to different passengers. Due to this fact, if they’re prone to have accidents in the course of the flight – for instance – they need to not journey.

Information canine are allowed on Vueling flights and are topic to completely different guidelines.

It needs to be famous that no animal is allowed to journey within the maintain of a Vueling aircraft.

Vueling costs €40 for pets on home flights and €50 for worldwide flights.


Transavia permits pets older than three months and 21 days to journey on board its planes. Within the cabin, pets should be in a versatile provider below the seat in entrance of the passenger, and shouldn’t be moved in the course of the flight.

The provider ought to measure 40 x 30 x 24cm most and will weigh not more than 8kg with the animal inside. It must also be absolutely closeable, with air holes and plastic home windows permitting you to see the animal.

For a single flight, the value of bringing a pet on board is €45.

Pets can even journey within the maintain in a inflexible cage at a value of €70. Nevertheless, Transavia will solely take two maintain animals per flight, so it’s doable to guide as far prematurely as doable.

It needs to be famous that snub-nosed animals can solely be transported within the cabin.

‘Preventing canine’ comparable to mastiffs or pit-bulls could not journey within the cabin or within the maintain.

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