Taking your pet in your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to almost every the main world so generally, your pet should be able to travel for a passing fancy flight as yourself if this is what you would like. All of the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and there are few points that should be considered with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight area of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t take two places simultaneously! If you’re held up attending to your own personal customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left looking forward to more than required to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that most airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In case of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very difficult to transport, especially if you have all your own luggage to deal with too.
Lastly, you will have no access to your pet from enough time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for many countries such as Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t be able to see your pets before they’re taken for their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to support this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet up clients who’re travelling on the same aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We would require seeing copies all Veterinary paperwork to be sure they’re acceptable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to check on and double check how big your pet and travel kennel ahead of time, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on your day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most typical reason behind these last second problems at the airport may be the measurements being incorrect and the travel kennel being refused as too small for the dog. With the years of experience we’ve with these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you many times if you should be sure in regards to the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly simple to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets that have previously travelled in to the UK in a specific size kennel may not manage to travel back out in the exact same kennel due to the stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are between the strictest in the world for animal welfare, and therefore the message here’s that if you are unsure please say so as we may then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.