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We all have our preferred Airline that we would like to fly with, but when it comes to accepting pets, not all airlines are made equal. Some airlines are happy for you to bring your beloved pet in the hold of the plane, or even have them in the cabin with you if they are small enough, but some airlines will only accept animals if they are guide/support animals.

 

Here is a list of popular airlines and whether or not they allow pets:

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British Airways

While pets can be flown in the hold they are not allowed in the cabin with you, unless they are assistance dogs, in which case they can travel with you in the cabin for free. For more information see our page on British Airways.

 

Virgin Atlantic

Like British Airways, pets can be flown in the hold. For more information see our page on Virgin Atlantic.

 

Easyjet

The only animals allowed on Easyjet are service animals and they are only permitted on selected flights.

 

Ryanair

Only assistance dogs are allowed to fly on Ryanair.

Ethiad Aeroplane in flight

KLM

Small cats and dog weighing under 8kg (including the carrier) are allowed to fly in the cabin on most KLM flights. If your pet is heavier than that then they can fly in the hold as long as they weigh less than 75kg. The price will depend on the size and weight of your pet. If you want your pet to fly in the cabin, then you need to call the airline direct, otherwise we are very happy to help.For more information see our page on KLM.

 

Lufthansa

Small cats and dogs under 8kg can fly in the cabin. Larger animals, including bigger dogs and rabbits, can fly in the hold. If you want your pet to fly in the cabin, then you need to call the airline direct, otherwise we are very happy to help.

 

Emirates, Etihad

Both of these airlines will allow the transport of cats and dogs as cargo in the hold, but will not allow them in the cabin.

Dog on a plane

Flybe

You are allowed cats, dogs, and ferrets on Flybe flights only within the UK, but unless they are an assistant dog they will have to fly in the hold.

 

Thomas Cook

You are allowed to take your pet with you as cargo in the cargo hold, unless they are an assistance animal in which case they are allowed in the cabin with you. For more information see our page on Thomas Cook.

 

Thomson/TUI

Animals weighing under 6kg can be with you in the cabin. Heavier animals must go in the hold. For more information see our page on Thomson/TUI.

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The full list of commercial pet friendly airlines that allow pets in holds as found on the gov.uk site are:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aeroflot Russian Airlines
  • Aeromexico
  • Air Baltic Corporation
  • Air Canada
  • Air Europa
  • Air France - KLM
  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Transat
  • All Nippon Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Atlantic Airways
  • Austrian Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Azerbaijan Airlines
  • Britannia Airways
  • British Airways World Cargo
  • Brussels Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • China Southern
  • Cobalt
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Airlines
  • Darwin Airline
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Egyptair
  • El Al Israel Airlines
  • Emirates SkyCargo
  • Estonian Air
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • Etihad Cargo
  • Finnair
  • Flybe
  • FlyLAL-Lithuanian Airlines
  • Gulf Air
  • Iberia
  • Iberia Express
  • Icelandair
  • Japan Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Kuwait Airways
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Maersk Air Cargo
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Mexicana
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Monarch Airlines
  • MyTravel Airways
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Brunnei Airlines
  • Royal Jordanian Airlines
  • Scandinavian Airlines System Cargo
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Swiss WorldCargo
  • Tarom Romanian Air Transport
  • Thai Airways
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson Airways
  • Travel Service - SmartWings
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United
  • US Airways
  • Uzbekistan Airways
  • Vietnam Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic Airways