Thursday, 18 June 2015

Flying with four-legged friends

WITH many holidaymakers looking to take their pet abroad this summer, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has created a guide highlighting the different regulations across major airlines for travelling with man’s best four-legged friend.

The research compares the different #dog breeds accepted on flights, the cost of flying abroad with a dog as well as the pet weight and crate stipulations across 20 major #airlines including Air Canada, Alitalia, Japan Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.

Not all dog breeds are allowed to fly in a commercial aircraft, with six of the 20 airlines researched – including Air France, American Airlines, and Cathay Pacific – prohibiting flying with snub-nosed dogs (such as Pugs and Bulldogs) onboard any passenger flight. But customers travelling with Qantas are allowed to take snub-nosed dogs on flights of under five hours long. 

Aer Lingus, Delta, and Lufthansa ban dogs listed on the UK’s 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act; this includes the Pit Bull Terrier. Iberia allows dangerous dogs on commercial flights as long as they are muzzled for the duration of the flight.

The cost of transporting animals was also found to differ greatly between airlines with costs dependent on the crate size and final destination. Passengers flying with their pet with British Airways will be charged £89 for checking their pet into the hold, while Swiss Air charges £272 per animal each way.

Out of the 20 airlines surveyed, only Virgin Atlantic offers a dedicated Flying Paws Scheme, allowing passengers to collect Flying Club Miles on behalf of their dog.

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