Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to virtually every area of the world so in most cases, your pet should be able to travel on the same flight as yourself if this is what you would like. Most of the ‘low-cost’airlines don’t carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be thought about with this kind of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive into the cargo or freight section of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t be in two places at once! If you’re held up attending to your personal customs and visa formalities, your pet may be left waiting for longer than essential to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing at heart that a lot of airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove extremely tough to transport, particularly if you have all your personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will not have any access to your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport before you collect them at the destination airport, and for many countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you won’t have the ability to see your pets before they’re taken with their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet traveling on a single flight as yourself, we’ll interact with you to allow for this whenever possible.
We’re happy to meet clients who are travelling on a single aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the afternoon of shipment. We’d require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we will always ask you to test and double check how big your pet and travel kennel beforehand, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most frequent reason behind these last second problems at the airport is the measurements being incorrect and the travel kennel being refused as too small for the dog. With the years of experience we have with these kind of issues, we will sometimes ask you often if you should be sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is not exactly simple to measure and we are able to usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled to the UK in a particular size kennel might not manage to travel back out in the 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’re not sure please say so as we will then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not a adequate fit.