Do you have pets? Now cats and dogs too can fly with you on Etihad Airways flights

Do you have pets? Now cats and dogs too can fly with you on Etihad Airways flights

The pets (whether a cat or a dog) must be at least 16-week old and also weigh no more than 8kg

Those who have pets can rejoice as Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, has now allowed flyers to carry their pet cats and dogs in the cabin for a certain fee. Isn’t this phenomenal?

Age & Weight of The Pet?

Well, according to the information posted on Etihad’s website, the pets (whether a cat or a dog) must be at least 16-week old and also weigh no more than 8kg, including the carrier weight. Also, please note that the passenger must be at least 18 years old to travel with a pet.

How Much Will it Cost to Carry a Pet?

  • Economy – it would cost you USD 150 per flight to travel with the cat or dog for flights of six hours or less, and USD 250 for flights over six hours long. The pet will sit in their carrier under the passenger’s seat. Or the owner/guardian can purchase an adjacent seat, next to them, for the carrier to sit on.

  • Notably, if you are transiting, then the combined cost will apply to you.

  • Business or First Class – Flyers must purchase an extra seat in advance for their pet.

Checklist For Flying With Animals in Cabin

  • Check all entry and exit regulations for the countries you are flying to and from

  • All applicable veterinary examinations or treatments must have been completed

  • Importantly, ask your vet about any medication that may need to be administered to your pet during the journey

  • Ensure to have all the official documents required for your pet to travel with you

  • Register your pet for carriage in the cabin no later than 72 hours before your flight and receive confirmation of pet acceptance

  • Familiarize your pet with the travel bag or kennel

  • Make sure to carry a lead and a suitable harness or collar

  • Also, keep a dry pet food in a sealed container in your cabin baggage

According to the information posted on its official website, the animals must behave properly in public, and will not be accepted in the cabin if they display any form of disruptive behaviour such as growling, biting, jumping or causing damage to the cabin.

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Moreover, the dog must sit within the passenger’s seat space and be harnessed, leashed or tethered at all times during the flight.

Travellers also have the option to purchase an adjacent seat for their pets to sit in their carrier.

“To avoid any delays at the airport, please make sure you have all the correct permits and documentation for your trained service animal,” it said in a statement on its website.

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