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The Air Europa pet travel policy for 2024 includes options for flying with dogs or cats in the cabin and hold. Not only does Air Europa allow cats, dogs and other species in the cabin, but each passenger is allowed a record breaking FIVE pets between the cabin and hold! If you’re travelling with more than five pets, they may be able to fly in the hold as cargo with Air Europa, provided that you meet the rules of the EU Pet Travel Scheme (PETS). Details of the Air Europa pet travel policy for international and transatlantic flights with your cat or dog are included. On long haul Air Europa flights cats and dogs transported in the cabin, and in the hold as checked baggage or cargo, must be at least three months old. It’s important to be aware that if your pet is travelling in the Air Europa passenger cabin, or in the hold as checked baggage, they must fly with their owner or an appointed adult representative. The cost of flying your pet in the Air Europa cabin or hold varies, and, as with all pet friendly airlines, it’s more expensive to fly your furry friend as cargo. Air Europa’s pet travel rules don’t permit pets on certain flights, or to specific international destinations. Certain dog breeds aren’t allowed to travel either in the cabin or hold as checked baggage, but in some cases they may fly as cargo. Assistance & Service Dogs, including Psychiatric Service Dogs, fly in the Air Europa cabin free of charge. However Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) aren’t accepted to fly under the Air Europa Assistance & Service Dog travel policy. You can check out pet travel reviews for Air Europa, or leave a review if you’ve travelled with your cat or dog. Read on for full details of the Air Europa international pet policy 2024, including long haul flights with cats, dogs and other pet species.

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Air Europa Pet Policy 2024

Pets Flying in the Passenger Cabin with Air Europa

Air Europa accepts cats and dogs in the cabin, along with many other pets. The following species are permitted to fly in the cabin on short and medium haul Air Europa routes, as long as their weight combined with their travel bag is no more than 10 kg:

  • Aquarium Turtles
  • Cats
  • Dogs
  • Fish
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Rabbits
  • Small Birds (excluding birds of prey)

However, on long haul flights, only cats and dogs are allowed, as all other pet species can only fly on short and medium haul journeys. Also note that cats and dogs aren’t permitted in the Business Cabin on long haul Air Europa pet friendly routes.

The Air Europa pet travel policy for 2024 states that your pet can’t weigh more than 8 kg, but when combined with their travel carrier, a generous 10 kg maximum is accepted. Most pet friendly airlines in Europe only allow pets and their carrier weighing up to 8 kg, so Air Europa is a great option if your furry friend is on the heavier side of petite!

As well as adhering to the maximum weight set by Air Europa for your pet to fly in the passenger cabin, also be aware that the maximum pet travel carrier dimensions for in cabin transport with Air Europa are L 55 cm x W 35 cm x H 25 cm.

Your furry, feathered or scaled companion will then travel onboard the Air Europa flight within their pet carrier, which must be placed under the seat in front of you. For safety reasons, you can’t remove your cat, dog, or other pet pal during the flight.

IATA Regulations for Cats & Dogs Flying in the Cabin

While you need to ensure that your pet’s travel crate meets the maximum dimensions set by Air Europa to fly in the cabin, remember that you must also adhere to the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). This includes calculating the minimum inner crate dimensions allowed by the IATA LAR for your cat or dog to fly in the cabin. In addition, the airline pet travel carrier must adhere to the IATA LAR, in terms of ventilation, design etc.

If you’re new to pet travel, check out 8 IATA Compliant Airline Pet in Cabin Carriers.

Cost of Flying a Pet in Cabin with Air Europa

The cost of flying your pet in the Air Europa passenger cabin depends on the route. Note that the prices listed are per pet, per flight.

Pet in Cabin RouteCost
Between Balearic Islands & Canary Islands€9
Between Mainland Spain & Balearic Islands or Canary Islands€25
Between Europe & Africa€25
Long Haul Flights€150
Air Europe Pet in Cabin Cost

Does Air Europa Fly Pets in the Hold as Checked Baggage?

If your cat or dog, and their travel kennel weigh more than 10kg and up to a maximum of 50kg, they can travel in the Air Europa hold as checked baggage. Dogs weighing more than 50kg, and species other than cats or dogs that weigh more than 10kg, must travel with Air Europa as cargo.

For cats and dogs flying in the Air Europa hold as checked baggage, note the following:

  • You can take two cats or two dogs in the same travel kennel, as long as they are of comparable size, and the weight of each pet doesn’t exceed 14kg.
  • You may take three cats or dogs if they’re from the same litter and are less than six months old.
  • Between 15 June and 15 September, pets aren’t accepted in the hold, if connecting in Madrid between 1100 hrs and 2000 hrs local time.
  • If your travelling from outside the EU with flight connections, you must connect in Madrid, as this is the Air Europa Border Inspection Post in Spain. The minimum connection time is 3 hours to allow you to collect your cat or dog from inspection, then check in for your next flight.

IATA Requirements for Pets Flying in Hold

For the safety of your pet during air transport, the airline travel kennel must meet the legal requirements of the Live Animal Regulations (LAR) set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Therefore, in addition to ensuring that your cat or dog in their travel crate adheres to the maximum weight and dimensions set by Air Europa, the minimum inner kennel dimensions defined by the IATA LAR must also be met.

You can calculate the minimum inner space permitted by the IATA LAR, in addition to learning about the required construction, design etc for the pet in hold travel crate.

IATA dog crate calculator pet kennel dimensions formula airline approved cat dog carrier

Should you need a new travel kennel to take your cat or dog in the Air Europa hold as checked baggage, check out 4 Popular IATA Compliant Pet in Hold Crates.

Cost of a Pet in the Hold with Air Europa

The price for flying a pet in the hold as checked baggage with Air Europa depends on the route. Note that the costs is per pet, per flight.

Pet in Hold RouteCost
Between Balearic Islands & Canary Islands€20
Between Mainland Spain & Balearic Islands or Canary Islands€90
Between Europe & Africa€100
Long Haul Flights€300
Air Europe Pet in Hold Cost

Air Europa Pet Cargo

Your pet will have to fly with Air Europa as cargo if

  • your dog weighs more than 50kg combined with their travel kennel
  • your pet is a species other than a cat or dog, and weighs more than 10kg combined with their travel bag
  • you’re arriving on a different plane from your cat or dog
  • you’re travelling to a country that only accepts pets as cargo.

To arrange a personalised quotation, call Air Europa Cargo Department on 934 90 40 38.

If you want to find out more, you can check out the differences between flying a pet as checked baggage or cargo in the hold.

Air Europa Snub Nosed Cat & Dog Breed Policy

As with other ethical airlines, Air Europa doesn’t transport brachycephalic (snub nosed) breeds of cats or dogs in the hold as checked baggage. However, they are welcome in the Air Europa passenger cabin as long as they weigh less than 10kg while in their pet travel bag. This applies to the following breeds:

  • Dogs
    Affenpinscher, American Bully, Boston Terrier, Boxer (all breeds), Bulldog (all breeds), Cane Corsican, Pug (all breeds), Chow Chow, Dogo (all breeds), Griffon Bruxellois, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (all breeds), Pekingese, Pitbull, Shar-Pei, Shih-Tzu, Cocker / Spaniel (all breeds), Staffordshire bull terrier
  • Cats
    Birman, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian, British Shorthair

Air Europa Pet Policy 2024 for Potentially Dangerous Dog Breeds

Dogs deemed to be potentially dangerous are required to wear a muzzle suited to their breed type. These dogs will only be accepted if carried in custom made, high quality, reinforced crates. We’ve listed four recommended pet in hold crates, which includes an IATA compliant crate for potentially dangerous dogs.

The following dog breeds are classed as potentially dangerous by Air Europa:

  • Akita Inu
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Pit Bull
  • Rottweiler
  • Tosa Inu

However, be aware that even if your dog’s breed is excluded from the list, but they exhibit all or most of the following characteristics, they must also wear a muzzle to fly in the hold with Air Europa:

  • Strong muscles, powerful, robust appearance, athletic configuration, agility, vigor and endurance.
  • Chest perimeter between 60 cm and 80 cm, shoulder height between 50 cm and 70 cm and weight in excess of 20 kg.
  • Voluminous, square-shaped head, with a large, wide skull and muscular jowls. Large, strong jaws with robust, wide and deep mouth.
  • Wide, muscular and short neck.

Air Europa Assistance & Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

Assistance & Service Dogs are those that have been individually trained to help people with a special need. To fly with one of these dogs you need an official, physical certificate qualifying them as an Assistance or Service Dog. You can fly your Assistance or Service Dog free of charge in the Air Europa cabin.

You need to take a printed copy of the certificate with you to the airport, and the certificate must state that your dog has been officially trained. As Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) aren’t professionally trained to perform a particular task, they’re excluded from the Air Europa Assistance & Service Dog policy. Psychiatric Service Dogs are permitted on flights to and from the USA, in line with US Department of Transport (USDoT) rules.

Pet Travel Documentation & Vaccines

Air Europa is a Spanish international pet friendly airline, so for flights within the EU, your cat or dog has to meet the EU Pet Travel Scheme criteria. This means that you’ll need to arrange either a Pet Passport or Animal Health Certificate, and ensure that your cat or dog is microchipped and vaccinated against Rabies.

You can also check out the laws for taking a cat or dog to Spain, as well as other worldwide destinations in 2024.

Excluded Pet Routes with Air Europa

Air Europa doesn’t fly pets in the cabin on flights to or from the United Kingdom (UK).

Due to government pet travel rules, you can’t fly your cat or dog in the cabin to certain countries. These rules are in place in some pet friendly destinations that are currently rabies free, in order to protect their borders. For example, when flying to the UK (Scotland, England, Wales & Northern Ireland), all pets arriving on a plane must travel as cargo in the hold.

As already stated, some countries don’t permit Assistance & Service Dogs to arrive in the cabin.

Are Pets Safe on Planes?

If you’re worried about your furry travel companion’s wellbeing when flying, check out our comprehensive post regarding pet safety on planes. While in the USA, a monthly report is provided for airline pet incident rates, there isn’t an equivalent in Europe at the moment. So, there’s no data available for incidents when flying pets in the hold with Air Europa. Note that even the airline pet incident reports submitted in the USA are only for cats and dogs flying in the hold, and don’t include any in cabin events.

No doubt, at some point your trip will involve a car ride, so have a look at our 12 Essential Pet Car Safety Tips too. Should your cat or dog suffer from motion sickness, we’ve also compared some of the treatments, strategies and medications for pet travel nausea.

It’s important to be aware that you can’t sedate or tranquilize your cat or dog for their flight, whether your pet, or pets, are travelling in the Air Europa cabin or hold.

In addition, to protect your pet’s health and wellbeing in a new country, be sure to keep your cat or dog safe from vector-borne diseases. In particular, Heartworm from mosquitoes and Leishmaniasis from sandflies in Southern European destinations pose a serious threat.

You might also want to check out 10 Pet Friendly Airlines in the EU and Pets in Cabin from the UK and 7 Transatlantic Pet Friendly Airlines.

And don’t forget the all important Essential Pet Travel Accessories!

Prior to booking, always view the Air Europa pet travel policy on their website for any recent changes. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, some airlines are frequently amending their rules for pets on planes.

If Air Europa doesn’t suit your requirements, check out the pet travel policies for other airlines, or read about flying in Europe with your cat or dog. If you’re travelling with more than one pet it’s a good idea to learn about flying with multiple pets.

Remember to leave a review if you fly your cat or dog with Air Europa!


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