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What is Aer Lingus policy on pet acceptance?

Transporting pets on Aer Lingus flights is allowed only in the hold. Depending on the passenger’s itinerary, the rules for pet acceptance may vary. The pets must be booked through IAG Cargo or by contacting Aer Lingus Reservations, and they will be carried in the aircraft hold. Separate rules apply for passengers traveling with Service Animals and Aer Lingus Regional flights.

Which pets are allowed to travel on Aer Lingus flights?

Household pets (cats, dogs, rabbits) are accepted for transportation, but further restrictions may apply depending on the destination. These breeds cannot be accepted due to industry reports of serious damage to aircraft as a result of dogs becoming loose in the aircraft hold: Akita, Argentino, Fila Brazillero, Mastiff, Pit Bull, and Tosa. Animals need to be at least 10 weeks old, and the maximum weight of an animal container must not exceed 64 kg (141 lbs).

Pets in the Hold

Different rules apply for the transportation of pets on Aer Lingus flights, depending on the itinerary you want to book.

General rules for traveling with pets on flights within Europe

  • Pets can be booked to travel only with IAG Cargo.
  • Any dog or cat presented for transport at passenger check-in will not be accepted under any circumstances.

General rules for traveling on flights from Ireland to North America

  • Household pets (cats and dogs only) can be booked as excess baggage by contacting Aer Lingus Reservations.
  • There is a charge of €160 per flight sector, per animal, payable at the airport on the day of departure.
  • Pets are not accepted on flights to Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, and San Francisco.
  • If the passenger wants to transport any animal other than household pets or is not travelling with the animal, the booking must be made via Aer Lingus Cargo.

General rules for traveling on flights from North America to Ireland

  • For flights from the US, pets must be booked by calling (888) 578-4806.
  • For flights from Canada, pets must be booked through IAG Cargo in Toronto.
  • Pets are not accepted on flights from Los Angeles, Newark, Hartford, and San Francisco.
  • Pets cannot be shipped from North America on Fridays or Saturdays.

General rules for traveling on Aer Lingus Regional Flights

  • On Aer Lingus Regional operated flights only domestic dogs, cats and rabbits will be accepted for carriage. This applies to domestic flights within Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.
  • Pets are not accepted on flights to/from Ireland and Jersey or Rennes.
  • At the time of booking, you must contact Aer Lingus Call Center if you plan to travel with a pet. A €40 fee per flight, per animal box will apply. When booking, you will be advised of all restricted breeds for travel on an Aer Lingus Regional flight.
  • While there may be risks to the health or welfare of their animal caused by the reaction of an animal to flying, the carriage is permitted only with the animal owner’s acknowledgement.
  • All pets must be in their own individual box, which must be durable and strong enough for secure travel.
  • The carriage of animals on Aer Lingus Regional flights is subject to space availability in the aircraft. Aer Lingus Regional reserve the right to refuse to carry an animal up to and including the scheduled departure time.

Assistance Dogs

Recognized Assistance Dogs accompanying disabled passengers are carried free of charge in the cabin on all short-haul and long-haul flights when they are suitably harnessed (no requirement for a muzzle). Recognized Assistance Dogs are guide dogs trained by an organization accepted by and affiliated to the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) and assistance dogs trained by an organization affiliated with Assistance Dogs International (ADI).

Passengers are required to provide minimum 48 hours notice of their intention to travel. The dog must sit on the floor at the passenger feet and not at an emergency exit or first row. All quarantine and government regulations must be complied with. A prior approval is required from the Department of Agriculture in Ireland for flights from Ireland to the US.

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