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Travelling with pets

We know your pets are part of your family, which is why we treat every animal who flies with us like a VIP.

A boy with a dog.

On British Airways flights

If you’re travelling with a registered assistance dog, it can travel with you in the cabin on British Airways flights. All other pets travel in the hold as cargo, including Emotional Support Animals (except OpenSkies flights between Paris and New York where cats or dogs under 6kg/13.2lb are accepted in the cabin). But don’t worry, your furry friends will be just as comfortable in the carefully controlled environment.

All British Airways cargo is handled by our sister company, IAG World Cargo. They have decades of experience transporting animals and will look after your pet as if it were their own.

IAG World Cargo – for transporting pets on British Airways


You can travel with your cat or dog on board OpenSkies, our non-stop service between Paris and New York, in economy and premium economy if they weigh less than 6kg/13.2lb. If they weigh more than 6kg/13.2lb they will need to travel in the hold as cargo.

Learn more about travelling with pets on OpenSkies


Comair is our franchise partner operating flights in southern Africa under the British Airways brand. As on British Airways flights, only registered assistance dogs are allowed in the cabin. All other pets must travel in the hold as cargo.

Comair pet policy (pdf, 1.62mb, English only)

Pet Travel Scheme

This scheme, offered by the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) allows cats and dogs to travel between some countries and UK airports avoiding quarantine.

The Pet Travel scheme from Defra