Friday, October 07, 2022

Want to fly to your next vacation with your pet in cabin?

Travelling with pets comes with umpteen challenges especially when travelling by air. There is no standard procedure for flying with pets and airlines across the globe have their own policies. Currently, there are only two airlines in India that allow pets in cabin in domestic flights. Here is a look at the airlines that allow pets and their rules.

Akasa Air's management recently announced that the airline will allow pets in the cabin and cargo hold. The airline said it will allow one pet per person on board with weight up to 7 kg and in the first phase only domesticated cats and dogs will be allowed in the cabin.

Small domestic pets such as dogs, cats and birds are allowed on Air India domestic flights in the cabin or in cargo hold at owner's risk. However, such carriage is subject to approval of the commander of the flight after verification of valid health and rabies vaccination certificates of the pet.

The pet must be carried in soft ventilated bags/kennel in the prescribed size, which is not more than 18” x 18” x 12”.

A moisture absorbent mat must be placed in the container for cleanliness.

The weight of the pet including the container should not exceed 5 kg for carriage in the cabin. Larger pets will be carried in the cargo hold.

Dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks of age to travel in the airline and pregnant pets will not be accepted.

A maximum of two pets are permitted in cabin per flight, one in the last row of First/Business class and one in the last row of Economy class.

The pet dog must be properly muzzled and leashed and the Pets/Guide Dogs will not be allowed to occupy a passenger seat.


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