Flying with your pet: how to anticipate what the airlines charge

Before flying with your pet, you should check with the airline. (©Javier Brosch / AdobeStock)

You can not imagine to go on vacation without your dog or cat or even your hamster? Before booking your trip, find out which formalities need to be observed and which airlines accept them on board.

Anticipate your journey

The Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGAC) advises anticipation from the purchase of the flight ticket. “When you book your trip or buy your ticket, remember to tell your airline or travel agent that you will be traveling with your pet. Some companies limit the number of animals allowed on a flight,” she says on her website.

bring away current health record your pet and consult your veterinarian if they are nervous or prone to motion sickness. You can also call the company at least 72 hours before the flight to confirm their presence on board.

cargo space or cabin?

Some companies may allow small animals and service dogs in the cabin. So check with your company if they accept them and what is the maximum allowable weight.

The other animals must travel in the hold, not with the luggage but in a “ventilated, pressurized and heated place”. There your pet’s cage is held in such a way that it remains stable.

Selection of the transport box

To travel in the cargo hold, the body must be approved according to IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. airy and big enough so that the animal can turn over and lie down normally. Remember to secure the feeders and drinkers in the crate and avoid tipping over the bowls. Please note that padlocks are prohibited, but you can write the animal’s name, tattoo number, your name, phone number and destination address in the crate.

Which animals are allowed to travel?

Most airlines only accept dogs and cats on board. If you are planning to travel with a parakeet or hamster, check with your company. With reference to dangerous dogs, those in category 1, they are not allowed to fly. For the snub-nosed dogs – Boxer, bulldog… – in case of breathing difficulties, it is advisable to consult a veterinarian before any flight.

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What are the companies saying?

Air France-KLM

To board, an animal must be at least 15 weeks old and have all required vaccinations up to date. Not accepted in the cabin a dog or cat whose weight does not exceed 8 kg (bag included). As rigid transport boxes are not accepted in the cabin, a special, ventilated and closed bag must be provided, since the animal will not be allowed to leave it for the duration of the flight; its dimensions must not exceed 46 x 28 x 24 cm and it must be able to slide into the space under the seat in front of the passenger. This bag counts as one Additional baggage fee.

Every passenger can’t Travel with just one animal. Pets are not allowed in the business cabin on intercontinental flights and snub-nosed animals are not accepted in the hold. Likewise dogs of the 1D category are prohibited; those of 2e Category are allowed on cargo flights.

The rates :

  • Flights on mainland France: €80 in hold; €40 in the cabin
  • Intra-Caribbean flights: €75 in hold; €30 in the cabin (except to and from Miami)
  • Flights within Europe or between Europe and North Africa: €200 in hold; €55 in the cabin
  • Flights between mainland France and Cayenne, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint-Denis de La Réunion: €75 in hold; €55 in the cabin
  • Other flights: €400 in hold; €125 in the cabin

Delta Airlines

Dogs, cats, and small pet birds can travel in the cabin for a simple fee, payable at check-in. The animal must be able to do it fit into a small transport cage ventilated to be placed under the seat in front of the passenger.

The animal must be at least 16 weeks old for each trip to the United States and only one cage per customer may be carried in the cabin.

Snub-nosed dogs and cats are not permitted on Delta flights.

Price: €200 on international flights


This company does not accept animals on board, with the exception of guide and assistance dogs (which, however, are prohibited on flights to or from Morocco and Israel).


Pets are not allowed on Easyjet flights, with the exception of guide dogs, no additional costs. However, you cannot travel on flights to and from Egypt, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Turkey.


The company accepts only in the cabin, dogs, cats, birds (except raptors) and turtles. They must be transported in an approved, non-rigid cage or bag whose dimensions do not exceed 45x39x21 cm and weight does not exceed 10 kg (animal included).

The company states that animals that could be a nuisance to other passengers and crew or prove dangerous (smelly, ill health, poor hygiene or violent behavior) are prohibited in the cabin.

Prices: €40 on domestic flights; €50 on international and Canarian flights.

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