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A Comprehensive Guide to Pet-Friendly Airlines in Europe

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Traveling with pets has become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more pet owners wanting to bring their furry companions along on their adventures. If you’re planning to fly with your pet, it’s essential to choose an airline that is not only reliable but also pet-friendly. In this article, we will explore some of the top pet-friendly airlines in Europe that allow pets in a cabin and prioritize the comfort and safety of your four-legged friends.

Pet-Friendly Airlines in Europe

The vast majority of European airlines permit small pets to fly in the cabin, although there are some notable exceptions, especially low-cost airlines. 

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Do Any Low-Cost European Airlines Allow Pets in the Cabin?

The most popular low-cost airlines in Europe don’t allow pets to fly on their flights, including in the cabin. The main budget airlines that don’t allow pets in the cabin are easyJet, Ryanair, Wizz Air, Corendon Airlines, and Norse Atlantic.

Main Pet-Friendly Airlines in Europe

Nearly all of the European airlines have an 8kg limit for pets traveling in the cabin, which includes their carrier bag. But there are a number of pet-friendly European airlines that have a higher weight limit. Some airlines allow bringing aboard up to 5 pets, however, a standard number of allowed pets per person is one. Some airlines allow bringing 2 animals in one crate as long as they are comfortable together and the total weight is not acceding 8 kg.

Aegean Airlines

Maximum measurements of the carrier:  71cm length x 52cm width x 55cm height

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Domestic – €35, international – €65

airBaltic

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55 x 40 x 23 cm

Maximum weight: 12 kg

Fee: €70 online

Air Belgium

Maximum measurements of the carrier:  45cm x 35cm x 20cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: €70 online

Air Dolomiti

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55x40x23 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Domestic – €50, international – €60

Air Europa 

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55 x 35 x 25 cm

Maximum weight: 10 kg.

Fee: Domestic Spain – €35, Europe – €50, long-haul – €150-170.

Air France

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 46 cm x 28 cm x 24 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Air France charges €40 – €80 for flights within France and €125 – €400 intenationally

Air Malta 

Maximum measurements of the carrier: L40 cm x W34 cm x H18 cm

Maximum weight: 10 kg

Fee: €70

Austrian Airlines

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55 x 40 x 23 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Domestic – €50, Europe – €60, international €80-110

Brussels Airlines

Maximum measurements of the carrier:  55x40x23cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Europe – €60, international €80-100

pet-friendly airlines in Europe

Condor

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55 x 40 x 20cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: €60-€100

Cyprus Airlines

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 45x35x20 cm

Maximum weight: 10 kg

Fee: €70

Eurowings

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55 x 40 x 23 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: from 60 €

Finnair 

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55x40x23cm (Norra flights 55x40x20cm)

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Europe – €60, international €120

Iberia

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 45x35x25cm 

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Spain – €40, Canary – €60, long-haul -€180

KLM

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 46 x 28 x 24 cm

Maximum weight: 15 kg

Fee: €70-400

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La Compagnie

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 56x35x25 cm

Maximum weight: 15 kg

Fee: 10% of your ticket fare

Level

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 45x35x25cm 

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: 180 €

LOT Polish Airlines 

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55/40/20 cm for B787 and B737 planes, 45/30/20 cm for DH4, E70, E75, E95 planes

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: domestic- €40, Europe -€60, long-haul -€120

Luxair

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 45x42x20cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: €70

Lufthansa

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55x40x23cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: from €60

Norwegian

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 43 x 31 x 20 cm or, if soft, should compress down to fit these dimensions.

Maximum weight: 10 kg

Fee: €55-75

Pegasus Airlines

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 32 cm x 32 cm x 50 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg 

Fee: 50,00 USD

Scandinavian Airlines

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 40 x 25 x 23 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg 

Fee: from €55

SWISS

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 55 x 40 x 23 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg 

Fee: domestic- €50, Europe -€60, long-haul -€110

TAP

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 40x33x17cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg 

Fee: domestic- €40, Europe -€70, long-haul -€150

Transavia

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 40 x 30 x 24 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: €50

Volotea 

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 50 x 40 x 20 cm

Maximum weight: 10 kg

Fee: from €20

Vueling

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 45x39x21 cm

Maximum weight: 10 kg (On flights operated by Iberia, the carrier with the pet inside must not weigh more than 8 kg)

Fee: Domestic – €50, international – €60

Widerøe

Maximum measurements of the carrier: 40 x 25 x 23 cm

Maximum weight: 8 kg

Fee: Domestic – NOK 499, international – NOK 699

Our list of Pet-Friendly Airlines in Europe is not full.

In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, UAE, Senegal, Hong Kong and South Africa, animals must be carried as cargo regardless of their size.

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