Flying With Your Pet

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There are more and more people looking for the option of travelling with their pets via private jet and it's not difficult to understand why. I'm an animal lover, and the thought of placing my dog or cat in the cargo hold of a commercial jet for 6+ hours is not something I'd choose to put my pet through given the choice. There are a number of factors to consider however.

Many operators are pet friendly but NOT all, and if you need to travel with a pet please advise us at the first opportunity so a suitable operator can be found. Also, many operators place a limit on the number of pets in the cabin on any single flight. Dogs are typically limited to 2-3 but this does vary between operators.

Information regarding the type of pet (dog, cat etc) will be required, and in most cases especially for dogs, the breed and approximate weight of the animal will be requested. Also, all vaccination details of the animal will need to confirmed and proof will be required to board the aircraft after being shown to authorities at the departure station.

Pets are generally allowed to travel in the cabin without the need for a crate or cage, and in the case of dogs they must be on a lead at all times, and a muzzle is required in most cases but does not need to be worn during the flight unless the dogs temperament warrants it.

Any soiling or damage during the flight will be charged separately and this is usually VERY expensive should any ‘accidents’ or damage occur. It's not uncommon for an operator to charge in excess of US$2500 or more for extensive cleaning of the aircraft post flight.

If any further information is required please feel free to ask, and if I don’t know the answer I have a really good contact who is an international pet relocator, and I'd be happy to connect you with them.

You can always email me at with any questions.