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IATA Guidelines

A maximum of two adult animals of comparable size (maximum 14kg each), that are used to co-habiting, may be shipped in the same container. Animals exceeding this weight must travel individually.

A maximum quantity of three animals, up to six months old, from the same litter, can be shipped in the same container.

Advice on getting the correct size airline carrier: - a rough guideline is to measure the length of the animal from the tip of his nose to the base of his tail and add another 4"or 5" to allow your pet room to turn around in.

The carrier is unacceptable if it is too small or too large. A carrier that is too big can cause the animal to be thrown around and injured. (see below)

The correct size of a container is essential. It must protect the animal during transport, be secure and have sufficient ventilation.

If you do not meet the following requirements, British Airways World Cargo may refuse travel for your pet.

Container must be large enough for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie down in a natural manner. Your pet will be in the container for some time, therefore, it should be as comfortable as possible.

Container must be strong enough to protect the pet during transport, be secure enough to contain it and have sufficient ventilation on all four sides to ensure the air quality in the container will not deteriorate.

The door must be secured in such a manner that it will not open accidentally or your pet cannot open it during handling and transport.

Your pet's nose and paws should not be able to fit through any ventilation opening or door mesh.

The container must have a water pot and food container accessible from outside.

The container should be constructed out of rigid plastic, wood, or a material of comparable strength. Fibreboard or wiremesh containers are not suitable for air transportation.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animals Regulations contains detailed instructions on container constructions as well as the size and stocking densities.

Although these requirements are the most commonly referenced, individual airlines have the final decision in acceptance of a pet (breed or aggressiveness) or container(features or materials)

Contact the specific airline for individual regulations. A helpful website is www.aimrelocation.com/pettravel.