These are the most pet friendly airlines in the world


If you’re a pet parent, you might have already considered or experienced flying with your furry companion. According to a survey from Condor Ferries1, 27% of pet owners intend to take three to five getaways with their pets a year.

Whilst it might seem like a straightforward decision to bring your furry friend along, it can be a stressful situation if you haven’t researched airlines before. There are many details to figure out, such as are there any specific restrictions on species allowed? What is the maximum weight your pet/equipment must be to accompany you in the cabin? Plus, how many pets per passenger are allowed?

With these questions in mind, travel experts at SkyParkSecure have uncovered the best pet-friendly airlines in the world. Even if you’re an experienced pet traveler or dreaming to take your pooch with you on your next trip, there are plenty of airlines that will make you and your pet feel safe and comfortable.

The research looked at the following factors:

American Airlines Named The Most Pet-Friendly Airline In the World

RankAirlineCargoCabinMaximum weight/dimensionsSpecies allowedPets per passenger
1American AirlinesYY45kg21 -2
2Korean AirYY32kg-45kg31-2
3Czech AirlinesYY8kg -32kg31
4Air CanadaYY45kg21-2
5FinnairYY8 Kg in cabin or 75kg in cargo61
6Nordica AirlinesYY8kg on cabin and 60kg on cargo31
7El Al Israel AirlinesYY9kg32
8Azerbaijan AirlinesYY31kg for cabin and 32-75kg for cargo34
9TUIYY8kg in cabin, 121 cm x width 81 cm x height 88 cm in cargo31
10Qatar AirwaysYY32kg31

Taking the top spot as the world’s most pet-friendly airline is American Airlines. The airline offers a generous weight limit of 45kg. Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin to most destinations in the US, with up to one cat or dog in a carry-on container which must remain under the seat throughout the flight, or two pets permitted in the cargo. This year, the airline has made a change to the policy to allow customers with a pet to also bring either a personal item or carry-on bag stowed overhead.

Landing in second place is Korean Air, one of the world’s top 20 airlines. Including their container, pets must be between 32kg to 45kg to fit in the cabin or cargo, with 1 on board, and 2 as checked. The airline also has a ‘SKYPETS’ program, which allows passengers to collect stamps for each flight taken with their pets. The loyalty program aims to make the experience for pets convenient and memorable.

Rounding off in third place is Czech Airlines. A maximum of two transport crates for economy class, and one per business class carrying small dogs and cats can be transported aboard the cabin under 8kg, with dog, cats and ferrets in the hold, with a maximum weight of 32kg.

TUI Lands in The Top 10

TUI, the UK’s leading travel brand ranks 9 in the world’s pet friendly airlines, which is no surprise as it’s one of the only UK airlines that allow pets in the cabin. In the cabin, 1 cat or dog is allowed per passenger and must weigh no more than 8kg. For cargo, dogs and cats can be more than 8kg, but the cage must follow certain dimensions.

Tips from a pet behaviouralist on how to prepare your pet for a flight

Flying with your pet can be a daunting thought, however Liz Clifton2, calm coach for you and your animals, has provided tips to help you and your pet feel at ease onboard a plane.

Preparing your pet

“My favorite ways to relax and release mental and physical stress with your pet are shared silent meditation space, dog yoga and letting them snuggle up in their favorite space at home either inside or outside.

Help them to acclimatize to any different experiences that the plane travel will include. For example, ensure that they are comfortable and used to the crate, harness, lead or other travel equipment that they will be using on the plane.”

Check their health

“Observe their behavior and movement daily so that you notice any changes and share these with your vet. Always seek support from your vet, pet behavior, physio, holistic health practitioners and professionals with any concerns.”

Cabin or cargo travel

“When choosing where your pet will travel consider it from their point of view and what they would prefer. Consider how your pet enjoys their time usually, do they prefer being with you or enjoy alone time?

The length of the flight along with the pre and post flight times and environment will also help you decide if they’d be better with you or in cargo.”

Other top tips

“Make sure to include their favorite pet safe familiar bedding, healthy food, toys and comfort blankets plus any current or travel medication or holistic remedies.

As our pets are sensitive to our own emotions it’s also important to look after yourself and release any of your own built up stress to help them enjoy as calm and happy a traveling experience as possible.”

If you’re looking to fly abroad with your pet soon, take a look at our hotels and parking to discover pet-friendly options. 

You can find out more about the top pet friendly airlines on the blog here-

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