Airlines that allow dogs to fly next to you in the passenger cabin

By Millie Reeves

If you're a dog lover, you might not want your precious pup to travel away from you. Thankfully there are a number of options for anyone travelling with their pet.

The rules surrounding taking your dog on a plane will depend on what country you're going to and which airline you've booked a seat on. It also depends on the size and weight of your dog.

In most cases, your pet would be kept in the hold during the flight, which is a darkened area that is pressurised and air-conditioned, just like passenger cabins.

Even though there are a number of pet-friendly airlines that fly from the UK, such as British Airways, Emirates and Qantas, they often only allow dogs to travel in the hold.

Some of the major airlines, such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Jet2, don't allow dogs on their planes at all unless they are service dogs.

However, there are a few airlines that will allow pets in the cabin.

According to PetTravel.com, dogs can travel on a commercial airline in one of 3 ways - in-cabin, checked baggage and manifest cargo.

The types of travel options for dogs (PetTravel.com)

Both Lufthansa and KLM will allow you to take your dog on as a carry-on as long as they don’t weigh more than 8kg, which is around as big as a Pug - any bigger, and they would need to travel in the hold.

TUI also allows dogs in their cabins, but they must be slightly smaller at no more than 6kg - about the size of a Shih Tzu.

They will also need to stay in a pet travel bag or kennel, which would stay under the owner's seat in front of them for the duration of the flight.

Whichever part of the plane your dog is travelling in, there are restrictions that vary depending on the airline.

KLM, for example, won’t allow pets to be brought in the hold if you have a transfer time of more than three hours, or if you're booked on a Boeing 787-9 or 787-10 aircraft.

When it comes to a snub-nosed breed like a Pug, Boston Terrier or Pekingese, it's recommended they travel in the cabin or in larger crates so they don’t have trouble breathing during the flight.

You will usually have to pay an extra fee to take your dog on a plane with you. The amount varies depending on the size of your dog and the airline you're travelling with. PetTravel.com gives an average cost of around £92 one-way.

According to the UK Government’s website you can no longer use a pet passport issued in the UK for travel to an EU country or Northern Ireland.

You can still use a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland.

When travelling to an EU country or Northern Ireland, your pet needs:

  • A microchip

  • A valid rabies vaccination

  • An animal health certificate unless you have a pet passport issued in an EU country or Northern Ireland

  • A tapeworm treatment for dogs if you’re travelling directly to Finland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway or Malta

These requirements also apply to assistance dogs.


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