Which European Airlines Allow Dogs in the Cabin in 2022?

One of the easiest ways to travel around Europe is by flying, and this also applies if you are travelling with a dog in Europe, especially a dog small enough to fly in the cabin. The vast majority of European airlines permit small dogs to fly in the cabin, although there are some notable exceptions, plus certain destinations may be excluded.

I’ve put together a list of over 100 European airlines, from flag-carriers to low-cost airlines, and their pet policies, helping you find which European airlines that allow dogs in the cabin. I’ve detailed their maximum weight limits, nearly always the fees they charge and other important information. I’ve also linked to the full pet policy of every airline on their website, so you can fully prepare for flying with your dog in the cabin in Europe.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your next trip around Europe or a flight to or from Europe with your small dog or cat at your side on one of these pet-friendly airlines!

European Airlines That Allow Dogs in Cabin
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Do Any Budget European Airlines Allow Pets in the Cabin?

While some of the most popular budget airlines in Europe don’t allow pets to fly on their flights, including in the cabin, the vast majority of budget and low-cost European airlines do allow pets in the cabin, including many in the list below.

The main budget airlines that don’t allow pets in the cabin are easyJet and its subsidiaries, Ryanair, Wizz Air, the Spanish-based Level, and Corendon Airlines and its subsidiaries.

Do Any European Airlines Have a Higher Weight Limit?

Nearly all of the airlines listed below have a 8kg limit for pets travelling in the cabin, which includes their carrier bag. But there are a number of pet-friendly European airlines that have a higher weight limit, perfect for if your dog is just a little larger.

The following European airlines have a 10kg weight limit for dogs flying in the cabin:

Keep in mind though that your pet still needs to comfortably fit in a carrier of the maximum listed dimensions, which can be quite small.

Note that Transavia no longer have a 10kg weight limit, nor are they honouring bookings from prior to making this change to their policy.

Additionally, on the following airlines a weight limit of 8kg applies just to your pet, with your pet and their carrier combined permitted to weigh up to 10kg:

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Some airlines have higher weight limits for dogs in the cabin

There are also two more airlines that have a higher weight limit again for pets. The French business class only airline La Compagnie has a generous 15kg weight limit for pets, including their carrier, on their flights, currently between France and the United States.

Additionally, Russian airline S7 Airlines also permits seats to be booked for large pets, read on about their policy.

Do Any European Airlines Allow Seats to Be Booked for Pets?

The majority of European airlines do not allow seats to be booked for pets, at least according to their published pet policies. However, one Russian airline, S7 Airlines, does have an option to book a seat for pets.

In addition to their standard option, for pets travelling in a soft carrier bag under the seat in front, with a weight limit up to 10kg, S7 Airlines also offers the option to book a seat for slightly larger pets. Your pet and their carrier can weigh up to 23kg combined. Note that the carrier requirements for pets travelling on a seat are different – it needs to be rigid. See the full details on their website.

Note that this option cannot be booked normally online; it needs to be booked through their call centre or via the chat function on their website.

Do Any European Airlines Have a Lower Weight Limit?

There are a handful of European airlines that have a lower weight limit than 8kg, including the carrier. If you need the full 8kg weight limit for your pet make sure you don’t book with one of these airlines:

  • AnadoluJet – 6kg limit
  • Blue Air – 6kg limit
  • British Airways – 6kg limit on SUN-AIR operated flights within Europe
  • Bulgaria Air – 6kg limit on selected flights operated to and from Paris by Air France
  • chair – 6kg limit
  • Corsair – 7kg limit
  • Helvetic Airways – 7kg limit
  • Twin Jet – 6kg limit

Rules for Flying with Your Dog in the Cabin in Europe

Before flying with your dog for the first time, check out my complete guide to flying with a pet in the cabin in Europe for everything you need to know.

These are a few general rules:

  • Dogs are not allowed to fly in the cabin when entering the UK and Iceland, no matter which airline you’re flying. (Check out my recommendations for ferries to and from the UK.)
  • Double check size and weight restrictions as they differ slightly between pet-friendly airlines. (Generally the maximum weight is 8kg, but it can vary between 6kg and 10kg.)
  • Pets are often not allowed to travel in business class, due to the design of the seats. If you’d prefer to fly in business class, look into the pet policy of potential airlines.
  • You don’t always have to pre-book or notify the airline, depending on the airline. However, as there’s usually a maximum number of dogs per flight, it’s a good idea to do so.
  • It’s generally cheaper to pre-book your dog’s ticket online (or via a call centre), rather than buy it at the airport (if that option is available).
  • Always review the airline’s own pet policy before booking, plus double check it again before flying.
Tower Bridge London
Dogs aren’t allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK with any airline

And here’s the key details of the pet policies of all the main European airlines…

Aegean Airlines & Olympic Air (Greece)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Greek flag-carrier Aegean Airlines, plus their subsidiary Olympic Air, permit dogs and cats to travel in the cabin with you, as well as in the hold.

The standard regulations apply, with a maximum weight of 8kg, including carrier. You can ring up their call centre to check whether there is still space for animals on your selected flight, but you can also easily add your pet to your online booking.

Prices are quite cheap, with a fee of €30 for domestic flights and €60 for flights within Europe. They can also provide a free, disposable cardboard container for you to use at domestic airports.

Click here for their full pet policy.

Thumbs Up: We flew twice with Aegean Airlines, firstly from Bucharest to Athens and then from Athens to Paris, and were quite impressed with their roomy seating, inclusion of a meal and the ease of booking. 

European flag-carrier airlines that allow dogs in the cabin
Fly to Meteora with your pet on Aegean Airlines

Aer Lingus (Ireland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

The Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus doesn’t accept pets for carriage in the cabin, except for trained service dogs, subject to certain conditions. To fly your dog in the hold on an Aer Lingus flight, you need to book through IAG Cargo.

Click here for more details.

Aeroflot (Russia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot permits small pets to fly in the cabin, as well as in the hold. A maximum weight of 8kg applies, along with maximum total dimensions of 126cm for soft carriers, or 44 x 30 x 26cm for rigid carriers.

Take note of the documentation requirements that apply. The charge for domestic flights starts at 3750 RUB. The fee is €75 for international flights, or $120 USD on flights to and from Canada.

Click here for the long and detailed instructions, and here for fees.

Air Albania (Albania)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Air Albania, the flag-carrier of Albania, permits small pets to fly in the cabin, as well as larger animals to fly in the hold. The maximum dimensions of the soft case or bag, which is included in the weight limit and should be labelled, is 40 x 30 x 23cm. There is a maximum weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier.

Bookings need to be made at least 6 hours before departure time. There is a fee of €45 for flights to Italy and Greece, and €65 for flights to other destinations.

The full pet policy is linked here.

Air Belgium (Belgium)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Flying mainly long-haul routes out of Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Air Belgium permits cats and dogs to fly both in the cabin and the hold.

Pet transport needs to be booked at least 72 hours in advance, and is not permitted in Business class. For pets travelling in the cabin there is a weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier, which must be soft and no larger than 45 x 35 x 20cm. A charge of €70 applies if paid online in advance, with a higher fee charged at check-in.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Antwerp with Dog
Head to Antwerp with your small dog on Air Belgium

Air Corsica (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Air Corsica is the flag-carrier of the French insular region of Corsica, largely operating domestic flights to mainland France. Pets are permitted both in the cabin and in the hold on Air Corsica flights.

For pets flying in the cabin, they must be in a soft carrier, with maximum dimensions of 115cm and a maximum combined weight of 8kg. Carriers are available for purchase at the check-in desk.

A pet fee of €20 will apply in Metropolitan France, a fee of €30 for flights to or from Paris Orly or Paris CDG and €40 for within Europe.

Click here to view the full pet policy.

Air Dolomiti (Italy)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Air Dolomiti is a regional Italian airline. A subsidiary of Lufthansa, it mainly operates flights between Italy and both Frankfurt and Munich Airports. Pets are permitted in the cabin, as well as in the hold.

Pets are permitted in both Economy and Business Class in carrier bags of 55 x 40 x 23cm, up to 8kg in weight. Bookings need to be made at least 48 hours in advance and a charge of €50 applies for domestic flights, or €60 on flights between Italy and Germany.

The full pet policy is linked here.

Air Europa (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The third largest Spanish airline, Air Europa operates to a range of European and long-haul destinations. Air Europa flies a range of pets both in the cabin and the hold, with a maximum number of five pets per passenger permitted between the cabin and the hold.

When flying in the cabin, the maximum weight of a pet must not exceed 8kg, but combined wth their carrier they can weight 10kg. Only dogs and cats are permitted on long-haul flights and pets must be at least 3 months old on medium- and long-haul flights.

Fees charged range from €25 for flights in Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, to €150 for long-haul flights.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Air France (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

If flying with the French flag-carrier Air France, pets are permitted in the cabin, as well as in the hold or via freight, on most flights.

The standard conditions apply, with a maximum weight of 8kg. It’s possible to buy a carrier on the Air France Shopping website, for travelling with a pet both in the cabin and in the hold, for delivery in selected countries.

The relevant fee varies between €40 for domestic flights within metropolitan France up to €125 for long haul flights. It’s possible to add the “Pet in Cabin Option” on the My Bookings section of their website.

Click here for their pet policy. Make sure to view the Animals Not Permitted to Travel section on their website.

Fly to Paris with your dog
Small pets are allowed in the cabin on Air France flights

Air Malta (Malta)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Air Malta accepts pets in the cabin on its flights, as well as in the hold. A more generous weight limit of 10kg applies, although the dimensions of the carrier are still small.

Note that Malta has additional requirements for pets travelling to the island, with your pet usually required to be wormed and an appointment made with a government vet for your arrival. Read more about the requirements and our experience.

Air Malta also requires a health certificate for your pet and charges a flat fee of €70. Pet strollers can be carried free of charge.

Click here for more details.

Thumbs Up: We flew with Air Malta from Catania on Sicily to Malta, a very quick flight! It was a little difficult to get a health certificate from an Italian vet within 3 days of the flight, but it’s a comfortable alternative to the ferry.

Air Moldova (Moldova)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Moldovan flag-carrier, Air Moldova accepts pets for travel in the cabin only, not in the hold. A maximum weight of 8kg applies, including the carrier, and flights to and from Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal and the UAE are excluded.

As Moldova is not in the EU, carefully read the details about documentation required, depending on the destination of your pet. You will also be required to sign a special declaration at departure. A flat fee of €40 is charged per segment.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Air Montenegro (Montenegro)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Air Montenegro, the flag-carrier of Montenegro, allows small pets to travel in the cabin, as well as in the hold. Standard rules apply, including a maximum weight of 8kg, including the carrier. Confusingly, the website states that a hard material container needs to be used.

Note that Montenegro is not in the EU, so carefully check that you fulfil all documentation requirements. A fee of €25 applies for all destinations.

Click here for the full pet policy of Air Montenegro.

Air Serbia (Serbia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Serbian flag-carrier Air Serbia allows small dogs and cats to fly in the cabin, but doesn’t offer transportation of animals in the hold.

Standard rules apply for pets travelling in the cabin, including a maximum weight of 8kg. Note that you are required to check-in at least two hours in advance if travelling with a pet. Fees charge vary between €25 and €85, depending on the destination.

Click here for more details.

airBaltic (Latvia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Latvian flag-carrier and an excellent budget airline, airBaltic operate flights to and from Riga, Lativa, plus within the other Baltic countries (Lithuania and Estonia). Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin on airBaltic flights, as well as in the hold.

An advance booking is required, ideally at the same time as your own ticket. Standard rules apply, with a maximum weight of 8kg including the box. The fee charged for a pet in the cabin is €60 one-way.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Thumbs Up: We flew with airBaltic from Riga to Warsaw with our dog in the cabin and thoroughly enjoyed our flight. The food and beverage service costs extra, but prices are reasonable and quality is high. If you were flying in October 2018, you may have noticed our appearance in the in-flight magazine!

Boarding an airBaltic Flight
Boarding an airBaltic flight with our dog in his carrier bag

Aircompany Armenia (Armenia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A small airline based in Yerevan that flies to Georgia, Russia and countries across the Middle East, Aircompany Armenia permits pets to travel in the cabin and the hold.

Pets in the cabin need to weight less than 8kg, including their carrier, which is restricted to a size of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Pets need to be informed by email at the time of booking, and their cost is calculated at excess baggage rates.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Albastar (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A Spanish airline primarily flying out of Palma de Mallorca Airport and Milan Airports, Albastar permits the transport of pets in the cabin.

There is a maximum weight of 8kg, including the carrier, which must not exceed 45 x 35 x 25cm in size. A pet fee of €80 is charged per route.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Albawings (Albania)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Albawings is a small airline based in Tirana that mainly flies to Italy. Pets are allowed in the cabin on Albawings flights, but not in the hold.

There is a maximum weight limit of 10kg per pet, including their carrier bag, with a maximum size of 46 x 31 x 25cm. Dogs, cats and ferrets are permitted, with up to two pets carried per flight. Double check the applicable fee with the Call Centre.

Click here for the pet policy.

AnadoluJet (Turkey)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A regional subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet also allows pets to fly in the cabin, although the rules are slightly different than with Turkish Airlines.

AnadoluJet has a maximum weight of 6kg for pets in the cabin, with a fee of 80 TRY. Only dogs, cats and small birds are permitted, with advance reservations required.

Click here for further details.

Animawings (Romania)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A small airline based on Romania and flying to 12 countries, mainly on seasonal routes, Animawings allows small pets to fly in the cabin. With a weight limit of 8kg applying, enquire about fees when making a booking.

Click here for the pet policy.

Austrian Airlines (Austria)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Austrian flag-carrier airline, Austrian Airlines allows small pets in the cabin (up to 8kg), plus larger dogs in the hold. The requirements are quite standard, although they also mention carriers in the cabin should be “insulated against odours”.

Fees vary between €50 (for domestic flights) up to €110 (for long intercontinental flights), and you should contact the airline well in advance to confirm the conditions of carriage and that there is space available.

The full pet policy is here.

Azerbaijan Airlines (Azerbaijan)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Azerbaijan Airlines, the flag-carrier of Azerbaijan, allows pets to travel both in the cabin and in the hold. Pets in the cabin should be a maximum weight of 8kg, including the carrier, and there is a maximum size of 55 × 40 × 20cm. Pets are charged as the regular hand luggage rate.

The full pet policy for pets in the cabin is here and the full baggage rules are here.

Bees Airline (Ukraine)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A low-cost carrier based in Ukraine, Bee Airline permits dogs, cats and birds to travel in the cabin, except on flights to the United Arab Emirates.

To travel with your pet in the cabin, a fee of $50 USD is charged, payable in the local currency at the departure airport. Bookings need to be made though at least 48 hours in advance, with no more than six pets travelling on a single flight. The maximum weight is 8kg and pets need to travel in their carrier on the floor in front of you or on your lap.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Belavia (Belarus)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Belavia, the flag-carrier airline of Belarus, allows pets to travel in the cabin, as well as in the hold. The rules are fairly standard, with a maximum weight of 8kg for pets in the cabin and a charge of €50 or equivalent currency.

As Belarus is not in the EU, make sure you have reviewed the details for pets travelling into and out of the country, with some relevant details provided on the airline website. Belavia also allows pets to travel in the cabin when leaving the UK (but not travelling to the UK).

For full details, click here and here.

Binter Canarias (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The flag-carrier for the Canary Islands, Binter Canarias permits the transport of a range of pets both in the cabin and in the hold.

For pets flying in the cabin, they cannot weight more than 8kg, including the carrier, which is restricted to a maximum size of 45 x 35 x 25cm. A small charge of €9 is applied for flights within the Canary Islands or between Madeira and Porto Santo, or €25 for longer flights.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Flying with a dog UK
Fly between the Canary Islands with your dog in the cabin

Blue Air (Romania)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Blue Air is a Romanian budget-airline mainly operating out of Bucharest, alongside a secondary hub in Turin. Blue Air accept dogs in the cabin, except on flights to Great Britain, from London (Luton) and to/from Cologne, Germany.

Blue Air has a lower weight limit of 6kg – double check the weight of your pet and their carrier before booking! (Larger pets up to 32kg will be transported in the hold.) Check the latest fees when booking. Previously a discount applied if this was paid in advance, rather than at the airport.

Read the full Pet Policy.

Blue Bird Airways (Greece)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Based on the island of Crete, while Blue Bird Airways doesn’t fly pets in the hold, they do fly pets in the cabin. With a maximum weight of 8kg, including the carrier, you need to email the airline at least seven days in advance to make a pre-booking. There is a fee of €30 per carrier.

Click here for full details.

Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) (Sweden)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

One of the largest domestic airlines in Sweden, BRA permits cats and dogs to travel in the cabin on domestic flights, but not in the hold or on international flights.

Booking and payment is required for your pet at the time you book your own ticket. There is a charge of 350 SEK per direction. The maximum weight is 8kg and the maximum carrier dimensions are 45 x 35 x 25 cm, with only soft carriers permitted.

Click here to view the full pet policy.

British Airways (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

Considering pets aren’t allowed to travel in the cabin on most flights to the UK (and often, but not always, when leaving), it’s no surprise that British Airways doesn’t permit pets to fly in the cabin. (This is the same for all UK airlines.) The only exception made is for recognised service dogs.

All other pets, including emotional support animals, need to travel in the climate-controlled hold as cargo. This can be booked through PetAir UK on flights departing the UK or IAG Cargo on flights to the UK.

The one exception is on flights operated within Europe by SUN-AIR under the British Airways brand, where pets in a very small carrier up to 6kg are allowed in the cabin, except for on flights to the UK.

Click here  for full details.

British Airways Sign
British Airways doesn’t allow pets in the cabin

Brussels Airlines (Belgium)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Brussels Airlines, the flag-carrier of Belgium, permits pets to travel in the cabin, as well as in the hold. It is a requirement to book in advance via the Service Centre.

The rules are fairly standard, with a maximum weight of 8kg including the bag. Snub-nosed dogs and cats are permitted in the cabin subject to the completion of an additional form. Fares vary from €60 for within Europe, up to €100 to the East Coast of the USA or Canada.

The full pet policy is here.

Bulgaria Air (Bulgaria)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

If you’re flying with Bulgaria Air, the flag-carrier of Bulgaria, pets are allowed both in the cabin and in the hold. A maximum weight of 8kg applies for pets in the cabin, except on two flights to and from Paris operated by Air France, where a maximum weight of 6kg instead applies.

A compulsory confirmation is required, either through the call centre or via email. The fee is €60 for pets in the cabin.

For further details, click here and here.

Buta Airways (Azerbaijan)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Buta Airways is a great budget airline choice to fly with your small dog to and from Baku, Azerbaijan. Flights operate from Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Ukraine. There is an 8kg weight limit, including the carrier.

Make sure to mention your pet when booking and double check the latest fees (previously a reasonable €25 per flight).

Read their full Pet Policy.

Canaryfly (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Operating inter-island flights on the Canary Islands, Canaryfly permits the transport of a range of pets both in the cabin and the hold, with a maximum weight of 8kg in the cabin.

Pet transport must be requested in advance, either through the call centre or through the sales office at the airport. A small fee of €10 is charged per carrier in the cabin.

Click here for the full details.

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Fly to or from Tenerife with your pet on Canaryfly

Chalair (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A French regional airline headquartered in Normandy, Chalair operates a range of domestic routes inside France. Pets are permitted in the cabin, plus potentially in the hold depending on the aircraft being used.

For pets in the cabin, there is a weight limit of 8kg, including their carrier, which must be a special sealed bag. Only one pet is permitted per flight, with an additional charge of €20 payable at the airport before departure.

Click here for full details.

chair (Switzerland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A small airline based in Zurich that operates flights across Europe and North Africa, many seasonal, chair permits cats, dogs and tortoises to fly in the cabin and in the hold.

When flying in the cabin, pets are restricted to 6kg, including their carrier, and are charged CHF 90 one way. Make sure you book your pet as soon as possible, at least 48 hours before departure.

Click here to read their full pet policy.

Corendon Airlines, Corendon Airlines Europe & Corendon Dutch Airlines (Turkey, Malta & Netherlands)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

A low-cost carrier based in Turkey, with subsidiaries based in Malta and the Netherlands, part of their low-cost ethos is not to transport pets, either in the cabin or in the hold.

For more information, see here.

Corsair (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A French-based carrier that flies to a number of international destinations, some seasonal, Corsair allows pets in the cabin and in the hold.

For pets in the cabin, a maximum weight of 7kg applies, plus a fee of €50 or €100, depending on the destination. Note that pets are not allowed to travel to some destinations where Corsair flies – double check in advance.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Croatia Airlines (Croatia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Croatia Airlines, the Croatian flag-carrier, allows dogs and cats to be transported both in the cabin and in the hold. Pets in the cabin are restricted to two animals (either both dogs or both cats), with one carrier bag per passenger, with a maximum weight of 8kg.

The charge for domestic flights within Croatia is 150 HRK + 25% VAT (about €25), or €50 for international flights within Europe and €70 for international flights outside Europe.

For further details, read the full pet policy here.

Must-do experiences in Dubrovnik
Pets are allowed in the cabin on Croatia Airlines

Czech Airlines (Czech Republic)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Czech Airlines, the Czech flag-carrier, permits animals to travel both in the cabin and in the hold. Just be sure to check in advance that your pet can fly on your chosen flight, as there is a maximum of two crates in the Economy cabin and one in the Business cabin. It is recommended to book your pet’s ticket before your own.

The maximum size of the crate in the cabin is a generous 43cm long x 30cm wide x 27cm high, but a standard maximum weight of 8kg. The fee is €59.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Thumbs Up: We flew with Czech Airlines from Prague to Bucharest with our dog, with a smooth experience!

Cyprus Airways (Cyprus)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The flag carrier of Cyprus, Cyprus Airways mainly operates seasonal flights to and from the Mediterranean island. Pets are permitted to fly both in the cabin and the hold.

Both dogs and cats are accepted in the cabin, with a maximum weight of 8kg, and 10kg when their carrier is included. The carrier can be up to 45 x 35 x 20cm in size. A charge of €50 applies on most flights, increasing to €75 for flights to and from Moscow and €100 for flights with a transfer.

Click here for the full Cyprus Airways pet policy.

DAT (Denmark)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A Danish carrier that flies to a number of European airports from multiple airports across Denmark, DAT (formerly known as Danish Air Transport) permits the carriage of pets both in the cabin and the hold.

For pets flying in the cabin, as soft bag, preferably a “Sherpa bag”, is required, with a weight limit of 8kg, including both the pet and bag. An advance booking is required with a charge of 200 DKK applying.

Click here for more information and here for the list of fees.

Jelling Mounds
DAT can fly your pet in the cabin on flights to or from Denmark

Eastern Airways (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

A small airline headquartered at Humberside Airport in North Lincolnshire, Eastern Airways does not permit any pets on board their flights, other than guide-dogs for passengers for disabilities.

For further details on their baggage policy, click here.

easyJet, easyJet Europe & easyJet Switzerland (UK, Austria & Switzerland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

The largest airline in the UK based on passenger numbers, the low-cost airline Easyjet services over 820 routes to 30 countries. Unfortunately, you can’t take your pet along on that discounted flight, with no animals allowed apart from recognised registered guide and assistance dogs.

Click here for their policy.

Edelweiss (Switzerland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The sister company of Swiss International Air Lines, Edelweiss flies to a long list of international destinations, mainly seasonal. Pets are permitted to be transported in both the cabin and the hold.

In the cabin, there is a weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier bag. Prices vary between 69 CHF and 126 CHF, depending on the flight length. An advance reservation is required, plus see the website about restrictions for some destinations.

Click here to view the full pet policy.

On top of Jungfraujoch
Pets are allowed in the cabin on Edelweiss flights

Eurowings, Eurowings Discover & Eurowings Europe (Germany & Austria)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Eurowings, along with its subsidiaries Eurowings Discover and Eurowings Europe, allows dogs to fly in the cabin on most flights. This is restricted to short- and medium-haul flights, not long-haul flights, plus not on flights to and from the UK and Ireland. The standard weight limit of 8kg applies.

The easiest way to book your pet in the cabin is at the second step of the booking process, under “Special Baggage”. Later on, you can also add your dog or cat online or by calling the call centre. Pet fees started at €55 (or the equivalent currency), presumably for domestic flights. I was quoted around €110 for a flight from Austria to Italy.

Read the full Pet Policy.

Finnair & Norra (Finland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Finnair, and regional subsidiary Norra, allows pets to travel in the cabin as well as in the hold on their flights. (Although restrictions currently apply for pets in the hold on long haul flights.)

The standard rules apply, with a maximum weight of 8kg for pets in the cabin, including their soft or hard carrier. The maximum carrier size differs slightly depending on whether the flight is operated by Finnair or Norra, and whether a soft or hard carrier is used.

The fee for pets in the cabin is €50 on short haul flights and €90 (or $100 USD) on long haul flights.

Click here for the Finnair pet policy.

Dog-friendly Finland
Fly to Finland on Finnair with your pet in the cabin

Flybe (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

Flybe is a British regional airline, that has been relaunched as of April 2022, after previously ceasing operations in 2020. Unfortunately, you will not be able to fly with your pet on Flybe, either in the cabin or in the hold, with no animals permitted except assistance animals.

Click here for their policy.

FlyOne (Moldova)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The budget airline FlyOne operate flights to and from Chișinău, Moldova, including to Italy, Russia, Portugal and Spain. Small pets are allowed to fly in the cabin, up to 8kg including their carrier, although not on flights to or from Portugal, Great Britain or Ireland.

There is a cost of €60 per flight. Make sure to mention your pet when booking, plus read their full Pet Policy.

Flyr (Norway)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Flyr is a relatively new low-cost airline operating out of Oslo, Norway. Flyr permits dogs and cats to fly in both the cabin and the hold.

For pets flying in the cabin, a maximum weight of 8kg applies. Your carrier should be no larger than 43 x 31 x 20cm in size (“compressing” it is fine). Due to limited space, it’s recommend to make a reservation in advance. You also need to print and fill in a PDF document on the website.

There is a charge of 550 NOK on domestic flights, 700 NOK (about €71) on international flights.

Click here for the full pet policy of Flyr.

French Bee (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Pet dogs and cats are permitted in the cabin on flights operated by budget airline French Bee, except for flights to and from Tahiti. The airline also flies to San Francisco, Dominican Republic and Reunion Island.

There is a weight limit of 8kg including carrier, but they also accept larger pet dogs and cats in the hold. The fee per pet is €50 or $65, and make sure to mention your pet at the time of booking, as quotas apply.

Read the full Pet Policy.

Taking a Dog to France
French Bee permits small pets to fly in the cabin

Georgian Airways (Georgia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Georgian Airways, the flag-carrier airline of Georgia, allows pets to travel with your both in the cabin and in the hold. The maximum weight for animals in the cabin is 8kg, including the carrier, with maximum carrier dimensions of 55 x 35 x 20cm. The charge for a pet in the cabin is €80.

The full pet policy is here.

Helvetic Airways (Switzerland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A regional Swiss airline that flies to a range of destinations across Europe and North Africa, pets are permitted to fly with Helvetic Airways as long as a registration occurs at the time of booking.

Pets in the cabin are restricted to a maximum weight of 7kg, with a charge of 80 CHF applying, which must be paid at the time of registration.

Click here to view the full pet policy.

HiSky (Moldova)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

HiSky is a newly formed Moldovan airline that flies to multiple destinations around Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin, as well as in the hold.

The standard weight limit of 8kg applies for pets in the cabin, including their carrier. You will be required to report to the check-in desk at least 90 minutes in advance, even if you have already checked in online. Note carefully the documentation and age requirements. A fee of €30 applies per flight segment.

Click here for their full pet policy.

Iberia (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Iberia, the Spanish flag-carrier, allows pets to fly both in the cabin and in the hold. For small pets travelling in the cabin, standard rules apply including a weight limit of 8kg. You also need to book your pet’s transport in advance.

Fees vary between €35 for domestic flights in Spain (except the Canaries) up to €50 for flights in Europe, Africa and Middle East, with higher charges for flights to and from America and Asia.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Iberia Plane
Pets are allowed in the cabin on Iberia airline flights

Iberia Express (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Iberia Express is a budget airline owned by Iberia, that mainly operates short- and medium-haul routes across Spain, Europe and other international destinations. They accept a wide range of pets both in the cabin (up to 8kg) and in the hold.

Pets in the cabin are subject to a maximum weight of 8kg, including carrier, which is restricted to 45 x 35 x 25cm. If you don’t have a suitable carrier for your pet, you can purchase one for €25 at the airport.

The cost for a pet in the cabin is €35 within Spain (excluding the Canary Islands), €50 for the Canary Islands, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and €150 on long-haul flights to and from America, Asia and South Africa.

Read the full Pet Policy.

Icelandair (Iceland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

Iceland is one of the most restrictive countries to travel to in Europe with your dog, with a long quarantine period, so it’s no surprise that pets are not allowed in the cabin on Icelandair. They do however accept up to four animal crates in their climate-controlled special hold area, plus trained and certified service dogs in the cabin.

Click here for more details.

ITA Airways (Italy)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

ITA Airways, the new state-owned flag-carrier of Italy, allows pets to travel both in the cabin and the hold on their flights.

The weight restriction for pets travelling in the cabin is the standard 8kg. Carriers must be no larger than 40 x 20 x 24cm, or up to 28cm high if they have a soft or semi-rigid top. Fees range from €50 for domestic flights in Italy up to €190 for flights to the rest of the world.

For more details click here, plus here for fees.

Banks of the Tiber, Rome
Consider flying to Rome with your pet on an ITA Airways flight

Jet2 (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

While UK airline Jet2 used to permit pets onboard certain flights, pets are no longer permitted to fly on any of their flights. The only exception is for registered assistance dogs on UK domestic flights and international flights where permitted, booked through their Assistance Team.

Click here for further information on their policy.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Netherlands)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The Dutch flag-carrier KLM permits pets to travel with you in the cabin, as well as in the hold. Your pet and its carrier can be a maximum weight of 8kg, with maximum dimensions of 46 x 28 x 24cm.

Note that pets are not permitted in Business class on intercontinental flights, due to the seat design. The charge for your pet depends on your departure and destination airport, starting from €75. Make sure you book your pet’s flight at least 48 hours in advance, ideally as soon as possible after booking your own flights.

Click here for their full pet policy.

Dog Trying on Clogs
KLM is a popular pet-friendly European airline

La Compagnie (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A boutique French airline, La Compagnie offers all-business class flights between France and Newark Liberty International Airport in the USA, with plans to add future destinations.

Being a far from typical airline, their pet policy is also unusual. The maximum weight for pets in the cabin is a very generous 15kg (33 lbs), including their carrier. The pet fee is 10% of your own ticket price.

Advance reservations are required, at least 48 hours before departure, with a limit of three pets per flight. Note that seats cannot fully recline when travelling with a pet and only a personal item is allowed in addition to a pet.

Click here to view the full policy.

Level (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

A low-cost airline that primarily operates trans-Atlantic flights out of Barcelona Airport, unfortunately Level doesn’t transport pets, including in the cabin.

Level Plane
Level doesn’t fly pets, including in the cabin

Loganair (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

A regional airline based in Scotland, while Loganair is the most pet-friendly of all the UK airlines, allowing pets to travel as checked baggage on selected domestic and international flights, Loganair does not permit pets to travel in the cabin. Only assistance dogs accompanying disabled passengers can travel in the cabin.

For their pet policy, click here.

Pet-friendly airlines in the UK
Loganair is relatively pet-friendly but doesn’t permit pets in the cabin

LOT Polish Airlines (Poland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

LOT Polish Airlines, the flag-carrier of Poland, permits pets to travel in the cabin, as well as in the hold. The regulations are fairly standard, with a maximum weight of 8kg including the carrier, and a maximum height of 20cm.

Fees charged for pets in the cabin are €40 on domestic flights, €60 on flights within Europe and the Middle East, and €100 to the North America and Asia.

Click here for more details.

Lufthansa (Germany)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

German flag-carrier Lufthansa is one of the European airlines that allows dogs in the cabin, as well as in the hold. Their instructions are long and comprehensive. Standard rules apply, including a maximum weight of 8kg, although they also mention your pet’s carrier can be attached to your safety belt by a leash, rather than under the seat in front of you.

Fees vary between €50 for domestic flights and €60 for flights within Europe, up to €110 for long-haul flights. You are also required to print out, complete and sign two copies of their form at the check-in desk.

Click here for their full pet policy.

Fly to or from Germany with your small dog on Lufthansa

Luxair (Luxembourg)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Luxair, the flag-carrier of Luxembourg, accepts pets in the cabin on its flights, as well as in the hold, except on flights to London and Dublin. The standard rules apply, with a maximum weight of 8kg.

Note carefully also the documentation requirements, including that the rabies vaccine must be given at least 30 days in advance and that a health certificate is required for pets from outside of the EU. Pets in the cabin cost €50 one-way.

Click here for the full details.

Myway Airlines (Georgia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Myway Airlines is a very small airline operating in Georgia, servicing destinations including Tel Aviv. Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin on Myway Airlines flights.

There’s a limit of two pets per flight, with a weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier bag. An advance booking is required and the pet will be charged as excess baggage rates.

Click here for the pet policy.

Neos Air (Italy)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Principally operating out of Milan to a mix of short-haul and long-haul destinations, Neos Air permits pets to fly in the cabin, except on flights to China, Jamaica and the UAE.

There is a generous weight allowance of 10kg for pets in the cabin, including their carrier bag, which can be up to 48 x 35 x 29cm. There is a limit of two pets in the cabin, with pets able to be booked during online booking or added online up to 48 hours in advance. A flat fee of €100 applies.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Nordica (Estonia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Nordica, the Estonian flag-carrier airline, allows pets to travel in the cabin, as well as in the hold as both check-in luggage or cargo. As there is a maximum number of pets pet flight, it’s advised to book within 24 hours of your own booking, and at least 24 hours in advance.

The standard rules apply, with a maximum weight of 8kg including the carrier and a generous maximum carrier size of 56 x 45 x 25cm. The pet fee is €35, one-way within Europe.

Click here for the full pet policy. (Note: Currently the English page is untranslated and truncated – it is better to view the Estonian policy here and translate it in your browser.)

Fly to Estonia with your dog
Small pets can fly to Tallinn on Nordica flights

Norwegian (Norway)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The budget airline Norwegian permits pet dogs and cats in the cabin (plus in the hold) on flights within Schengen and/or the EU, excluding Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The fee for pets in the cabin ranges between £47 and £64 when paid online, or £55 to £75 at the airport. A standard weight limit of 8kg applies. Make sure you mention your pet when booking, and read their full Pet Policy.

Onur Air (Turkey)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Onur Air is a Turkish low-cost airline that operates mainly domestic flights from a base in Istanbul. Onur Air permits pets to travel in the cabin on their flights, but not in the hold.

There is a maximum weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier. On domestic flights, there is a charge of 80 TL, while on international flights a charge of $80 USD applies.

For more information, see their information page.

Pegasus Airlines (Turkey)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Pegasus Airlines flies to and from Turkey from a wide range of European destinations, mainly in western Europe, plus it operates domestic routes.

Pets are allowed in the cabin, with a weight limit of 8kg, except for on flights to the UK, UAE and Qatar. On domestic flights the charge is 100 to 150 TRY, with a charge of $50 to 70 USD for international destinations. 

Read their full Pet Policy.

Tiles in Turkey
The Turkish Pegasus Airlines allows pets in the cabin

People’s Airline (Austria)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

People’s Airline is a very small airline that operates out of St Gallen in Switzerland, mainly on seasonal flights. Pets are allowed in the cabin, as well as in the hold. In the cabin, the standard weight limit of 8kg applies, plus a fee of €50 or 55 CHF.

Read their full Pet Policy (German only).

Play (Iceland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

A relatively new low-cost airline that is based in Iceland, given their low-cost focus and the long quarantine period for pets flying into Iceland, it’s no surprise that Play doesn’t transport live animals at all, except for service dogs.

For more details, see here.

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A Spanish long-haul carrier than principally flies to South American and Caribbean destinations, Plus Ultra permits the carriage of pets both in the cabin and in the hold.

When flying in the cabin, pets have a maximum weight of 10kg, including the carrier, which can be up to 55 x 40 x 20cm in size. Pets are not allowed in the business or executive cabin.

For flights departing Spain, as fee of €150 will be charged. For flights departing Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, a fee of $200 USD will be charged.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Church in Spain with Spanish flag
Spanish long-haul carrier Plus carries dogs in the cabin

Pobeda (Russia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Russian budget airline Pobeda operates from two hubs in Moscow, Russia, to a range of mainly domestic and some international destinations.

Pets are allowed in the cabin on Pobeda flights, with the standard weight limit of 8kg. There is a charge of 1999 RUB for bookings completed online or via the call-centre, with higher charges for payments at airports: 3000 rubles at Russian airports and €55 at foreign airports. 

Find out more here and the list of fees here.

Red Wings Airline (Russia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A Russian regional airline based in Moscow, Red Wings Airline permits pets to fly in the cabin on chartered and scheduled flights.

There is a maximum weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier, whose height should be no more than 20cm. Bookings must be made in advance, with a fee for non-standard luggage charged.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Rossiya Airlines (Russia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

One of the largest air carriers in Russia, Rossiya Airlines flies a range of pets in both the cabin and hold on their flights.

For pets flying in the cabin, there is a weight limit of 8kg, including the carrier, which can be up to 44 x 30 x 26cm in size. Animals are charged at non-standard luggage rates, with different rates per kilogram. Bookings are required at least 6 hours before departure.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Ryanair (Ireland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

If you’re wanting to take advantage of the budget flights offered by Ryanair and want to fly with your pet, you’re out of luck, with pets not permitted on any Ryanair flights. Only guide and assistance dogs are permitted on selected routes.

Click here to find out more.

Dog-friendly Ireland
Unfortunately Ryanair won’t fly your dog in the cabin

S7 Airlines (Russia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

One of Russia’s largest domestic airlines, S7 Airlines transports dogs, cats and birds both in the cabin and the hold.

For pets flying in the cabin, there are two options available. You can reserve a seat for your pet, which must travel in a rigid container that is strapped in by the seat belt. A maximum weight of 23kg applies, including their carrier. Alternatively, your pet can travel under the seat in front, in a soft carrier bag up to 25cm high, with a weight limit of 10kg.

The fee for flying a pet varies, starting at 2500 rubles. Pets travelling under the seat can be booked online as part of a regular booking, while a pet travelling on a seat can only be booked through the call centre or the chat function on the website. Pet strollers can also be transported for free.

Click here for the full pet policy of S7 Airlines.

SATA Azores Airlines (Portugal)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Flying both within the Azores, plus connecting the islands with mainland Portugal, Europe and North America, SATA Azores Airlines permits pets in the cabin and in the hold.

For pets to fly in the cabin, the maximum weight is 8kg, including the carrier. On domestic flights, a charge of €6 per kilogram is applied, with a fee of €70 for flights to Europe and Africa, and €140 or $175 USD to the USA and Canada.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) (Denmark, Norway, & Sweden)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Scandinavian Airlines or SAS is the joint flag-carrier for Denmark, Norway and Sweden, i.e. all of Scandinavia. Pets are allowed to travel in the cabin on SAS flights, as well as in the hold.

It is recommended to book your pet within 24 hours of your own booking, in case you need to change flights, and a document is required to be completed in advance, except for on domestic flights.

There is a maximum weight of 8kg for pets in the cabin, including carrier, with fees varying from €55 to €99, or the equivalent currency.

Click here for the full pet policy.

Taking dog overseas from Australia
Scandinavian Airlines allows small pets in the cabin

Sevenair (Portugal)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A Portuguese regional airline operating domestic routes within the country, Sevenair may allow pets in the cabin or in the hold.

Prior authorisation is required, with a charge of €8.10 plus VAT per kilogram payable at the airport. The maximum weight is 8kg and the carrier should be no larger than 45 x 35 x 25cm.

Click here for the Sevenair pet policy.

Sky Express (Greece)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Flying to a range of destinations across Greece and Europe, pets are allowed in the cabin on Sky Express flights, except for flights to and from London.

For pets flying in the cabin, there is a maximum weight of 8kg, including the carrier bag, with soft bags preferred. A maximum size of 55 x 40 x 20cm applies and a fee of €20. You are required to make a pet booking at least 24 hours in advance and be at the check-in counter at least one hour before the flight.

Click here for the full pet policy.

SkyUp Airlines (Ukraine)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A low-cost carrier based in Ukraine that services destinations mainly in Europe and the Middle East, SkyUp transports both cats and dogs in the cabin and the hold.

To fly with your dog in the cabin on a SkyUp flight, you need to book and pay for your pet at least 24 hours in advance on the website. There is weight limit of 10kg, including the carrier, which is restricted to maximum dimensions of 50 x 40 x 25cm and must be stowed under the seat in front during take-off and landing.

Click here for the full pet policy of SkUp.

Smartwings & Smartwings Slovakia (Czech Republic & Slovakia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

SmartWings flies to and from Prague to a number of destinations. Pet dogs and cats up to 8kg (including carrier) are allowed in the cabin (plus in the hold), but must be booked (and paid for) at least 48 hours in advance. There is a charge of €59 per flight for pets in the cabin. 

Read the full Pet Policy.

Dog-Friendly Czech Republic
Smartwings is a handy option for flying your dog to or from Prague

SunExpress (Turkey)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

With a network of Turkish domestic flights and leisure flights from European cities, many seasonal, SunExpress permits pets in both the cabin and the hold, except on flights to and from the UK, Ireland, Malta and in some cases Sweden.

For pets in the cabin, there is a maximum weight of 8kg, including the carrier bag. An advance booking is required at least three working days in advance, through the Customer Service Centre. On domestic flights there is a 119.99 TLR charge each way, with a €49.99 charge on international flights.

Click here for the full pet policy.

SWISS (Switzerland)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

SWISS allows small pets to travel in the cabin, as well as in the hold. The standard rules apply, including a weight limit of 8kg, including carrier, for pets to travel in the cabin, except for dogs providing protective or assistance functions.

If you fly directly to Switzerland, your pet will be checked by Customs at the airport, with a charge if you are entering from a non-EU country. The fees charged for pets in the cabin range from €50 for domestic flights to €126 for long-haul intercontinental flights, or the equivalent currencies.

Click here for the full pet policy, and here for an FAQ.

Fly to Switzerland with your dog
Fly to Switzerland with your pet on SWISS

TAP Air Portugal (Portugal)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

TAP Air Portugal, the Portuguese flag-carrier, permits small pets to fly both in the cabin and in the hold. In the cabin there is a maximum weight of 8kg, including carrier, which can have maximum dimensions of 40 x 33 x 17cm. (Note the smaller than usual height.)

Pets need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance, and if you are travelling from outside of the EU, except for a handful of countries, you will need to email the Veterinary Directorate-General at least 48 hours in advance. Fees charged are €35 for domestic flights, €70 for flights within Europe and to/from Morocco, and €150 for intercontinental flights.

Click here for more details.

TAROM (Romania)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

TAROM, the Romanian flag-carrier airline, permits small dogs and cats to fly in the cabin, as well as accepting animals for transport in the hold. If flying from outside of the EU, the website stresses that the only valid entry points in Romania are Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport and Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport.

The rules for pets in the cabin are fairly standard. The maximum weight is 8kg including the carrier, with maximum dimensions of 44 x 26 x 20cm. Make sure you include your pet when making your booking.

Click here for the full pet policy, and here for specific rules for pets in the cabin.

Fly to Romania with your dog
Fly to Romania with your pet on TAROM

Transavia & Transavia France (Netherlands & France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Transavia and Transavia France operate flights from multiple airports in the Netherlands and France to a wide range of destinations in Western and Central Europe, Africa and the Middle East, many seasonal.

Pet dogs and cats are allowed in the cabin, with the usual weight limit of 8kg, including carrier (plus pets up to 75kg in the hold). There is a charge of €45 per flight for pets in the cabin. 

Read their full Pet Policy.

TUI Airways (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

Formerly known as Thomson Airways, TUI Airways mainly operates flights on behalf of tour operators. Pets are not permitted in the cabin, but can be carried on most flights in the cargo hold, which is noted as being temperature and pressure controlled, with bookings through AIA Cargo. When it comes to assistance dogs, they needs to be registered through one of five types of charities.

For further details, click here.

TUI fly (Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

There are a number of TUI fly airlines that operate throughout Europe. While owned by the TUI Airlines group, that also owns TUI Airways in the UK, pets are generally allowed to fly in the cabin on these flights, except for on long-haul flights and flights to and from Cabo Verde.

With a maximum weight of 10kg including their carrier bag, passengers with a pet will be assigned a window seat. There is an additional charge of €80, with a surcharge if the pet booking isn’t notified in advance.

For further details, see here.

Turkish Airlines (Turkey)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Turkish Airlines allows pets to travel in both the cabin and in the hold. For pets travelling in the cabin, a maximum weight of 8kg including the carrier bag applies. Certain breeds of dangerous dogs are prohibited from being carried – check the website for more details.

For flights within Turkey, there is a charge of 120 TRY for pets in the cabin. When flying internationally, the fee depends on the baggage weight calculation, with the total weight multiplied by a per kilogram charge that differs depending on the departure and arrival airport.

Click here for the full pet policy, and click here for fees.

Fly to Istanbul with your pet

Tus Airways (Cyprus)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A small Cypriot airline that operates mainly seasonal flights, Tus Airways accepts small dogs and cats for transport in the cabin.

Bookings must be made in advance, with a fee of €60 or $65 USD charged for all destinations. Pets including their carrier can weigh no more than 8kg, with a maximum carrier size of 45 x 35 x 23cm. Make sure you arrive at the check-in counter at least 2 hours in advance.

Click here for more details.

Twin Jet (France)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A French regional airline based in Aix en Provence, pets are allowed in the cabin on Twin Jet flights subject to prior approval at time of reservation.

The maximum weight of pets in the cabin is 6kg, including their carrier. Double check the relevant fee at the time of reservation.

Click here for details.

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) (Ukraine)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

UIA allows pets to travel in both the cabin and the hold on their flights. For pets travelling in the cabin, standard rules apply, including a generous maximum weight of 10kg combined for the pet and carrier.

Bookings for pets must be made at least 24 hours in advance, with up to a 50% discount applying if you pay at least 24 hours in advance. The fee for domestic flights is only €13, while a fee of €50 applies for flights within Europe and €100 for long-haul flights.

Click here for their pet policy, and click here for fees.

Ural Airlines (Russia)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

One of the largest airlines in Russia, Ural Airlines flies to a range of international destinations. Pets are accepted for transport in the cabin.

Cats, dogs, parrots and canaries are accepted for transport in the cabin, with a maximum weight limit of 8kg, including their carrier or cage. A charge of 3500 RUB applies for domestic flights within Russia, or €45 on CIS flights and €70 on flights to other countries.

Click here for full details.

Virgin Atlantic (United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

A British full-service airline flying to destinations scattered around the globe, Virgin Atlantic doesn’t permit pets to fly in the cabin or as checked baggage, but does transport pets as cargo, with bookings through Virgin Atlantic Cargo. Only assistance animals are permitted to travel in the cabin.

Click here and here for their full pet policy.

Virgin Atlantic Plane
Virgin Atlantic unfortunately doesn’t fly pets in the cabin

Volotea (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Volotea operates flights from multiple bases in Spain, Italy, France and Greece, to destinations across Europe, mainly seasonal. Pet cats and dogs up to 10kg (including carrier) are permitted in the cabin, except for on flights to and from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta.

It is possible to book for your pet as part of the online booking process. If the option is not available, the limit on the number of pets (two per flight) has been reached. There is a variable charge of €39 (online), €44 (via the call centre) or €60 (at the airport). 

Read the full Pet Policy.

Vueling (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

Spanish budget airline Vueling mainly operates out of Barcelona, although they also have some handy flights from Paris (Orly) to a wide range of Spanish and European destinations. A range of pets are allowed in the cabin, with a generous weight limit of 10kg, except for flights operated by Iberia, where the standard limit of 8kg applies.

While pets are not permitted on flights to and from the United Kingdom, they can be booked onto flights to and from Ireland by calling the Customer Services Centre or at the airport on the day of the flight, subject to the limit of three pets per flight (two on Iberia flights).

Pets are able to be added to your online booking – choose the Basic Fare option. There is a charge of €40 for domestic flights within Spain and €50 for international flights, including to the Canary Islands. 

Review the full Pet Policy.

Thumbs Up: We’ve flown multiple times with Vueling, including to the Canary Islands and from Paris (Orly) to Copenhagen. Read more about my experience flying Vueling with a dog.

Wing of Vueling Plane
Arriving in Barcelona on a Vueling flight with my dog

Wamos Air (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A Spanish long-haul carrier that flights to a number of destinations in the Americas, Wamos Air permits pets to fly in the cabin and the hold when the destination permits.

Before flying, it’s best to contact the call centre and confirm availability on your flight. There is a weight limit of 8kg and a charge of €100 per leg.

Click here for the full pet policy of Wamos Air.

Widerøe (Norway)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

The largest regional carrier in Scandinavia, Widerøe accepts pets for carriage in both the cabin and hold, except for on flights to and from the UK and some limited seasonal flights, as listed on their website. There is a weight limit of 8kg.

It’s recommended to add your pet in the cabin under “Additional Services” when booking, with tickets not issued until your pet is approved. There is a charge of 449 NOK if paid online, or 550 NOK if paid at the airport.

Click here to read their full pet policy.

Wizz Air & Wizz Air UK (Hungary & United Kingdom)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? No

Both Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air and their UK subsidiary don’t permit animals in the cabin or the hold on any of their flights. The only exception is for guide dogs accompanied by the required documentation. Emotional support animals are also explicitly excluded.

Click here for more details.

World2Fly (Spain)

Pets Allowed in the Cabin? Yes

A new Spanish long-haul airline, World2Fly plans to fly to destinations mainly in the Caribbean and United States. Pets are permitted to fly in the cabin and the hold on World2Fly flights.

Advance booking is required, as least 48 hours before departure. Double check the charges at the time of booking and note there is an 8kg maximum weight, including the carrier, for pets flying in the cabin.

Click here for more details.

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46 thoughts on “Which European Airlines Allow Dogs in the Cabin in 2022?”

  1. Thanks for this. I have found it frustrating flying with my dachshund within Europe. Easyjet has the most flights out of Nice (where I live) but I end up having to get connecting flights, even though my dog is an ESA (which is not accepted within Europe).

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  2. Thanks for this! We moved from South Africa to Belgium last December with our 2 Pomeranians and all 4 of us love traveling. 🙂
    Def. will be using your comprehensive guide!

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    • Hi. I am desperately trying to find out if our dogs can travel OUT of South Africa as excess baggage and “in-cabin” for our tiny one….(to the U.S. via Frankfurt on Lufthansa). Of course, they had to travel INTO South Africa via “manifest cargo”, but I am unsure about return trip. Animal shippers have been conflicting and the cost difference is huge! Thanks for any help!

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      • I’m sorry but I’m not sure about the rules for South Africa. I would check with a few airlines, what they say on their website and if necessary call up, and see if they will take the dogs as excess baggage and in the cabin. Check with Lufthansa and KLM, who would be likeliest to do it, if anyone does. For instance, with the UK, dogs have to travel as cargo entering the country, but don’t need to when leaving the country – except only a couple of airlines offer that option. Alternatively, I’m sure someone in my Facebook group has the answer: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dogfriendlytravelrtw/

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  3. British Airways don t allow pets to fly in the cabin, apart from assistance dogs, which can travel with the owner free of charge. All other animals must travel in the hold of the plane and fees depend on the size of the animal, so you should get in touch with the airline before you fly.

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  4. Thanks so much for this post, I’m so glad I came across your blog! My family and I will be travelling at the end of next year FT and we have a miniature poodle. I didn’t think flying was a possibility. Just gutted the UK is so strict as I won’t consider flying unless our dog can be in the cabin with us, she gets so anxious and just wouldn’t be fair on her. Love your blog.

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    • Hi Catherine, thanks so much, that’s great to hear! Being able to fly with your dog at your feet in the cabin is so great, even if your dog isn’t that anxious. If you want answers to more questions or share your trip once you set off, feel free to share our FB group (see the link on the homepage). All the best, Shandos

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        • Check out LOT Polish Airlines. They mention that flying to the UK dogs are only accepted in cargo, but they don’t mention when leaving. I’d suggest calling and finding out.

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  5. I am leaving Malta for Montpellier and I’m not sure which Airlines would accept my German Pointer? If I took RyanAir, would I be able to send my dog on a different airline which would accept to fly pets? Thanks

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    • Faro – Sorry, but I’m not sure which airlines fly from Malta to Montpellier. You might need to take 2 flights, such as Air Malta and Air France. A German Pointer would be too large to fit in the cabin, but I believe both of these airlines allow dogs as check-in luggage in a crate. It’s better to fly on the same flight with your dog, as otherwise most airlines only accept a dog as cargo, perhaps through an animal transport company, and the costs are usually higher.

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  6. I’m in the same position.. but travelling from Malta to the UK. I suffer with PTSD and already I am getting stressed and anxious about how my German Shepherd is going to be in the hold and how I will cope in the cabin. She is constantly with me and keeps me from getting freaked out.

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    • It’s really tough that Emotional Support Animals aren’t really recognised in Europe, including on flights to/from the UK. I’ve had to put my pup in the hold a few times, it’s the only option on flights to and from Australia. They usually cope better than you expect, sometimes it seems more nerve-racking for us parents.

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  7. I’m hoping to fly to Scotland from Wales with my pug ( so small dog ) … can you tell me what is required and which airline allow dogs to travel with me in the cabin

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    • Jackie – unfortunately none of the UK airlines allow dogs in the cabin, except service dogs, due to the government regulations. I have found the Scottish Loganair allows pets as checked baggage. See my guide: http://www.travelnuity.com/pets-on-uk-airlines/

      Alternatively, look into the trains which are far more pet friendly. We’ve used them multiple times in the UK with our pup.

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  8. Hello, thanks for posting valuable information! I am planning to visit Europe with my golden retriever next summer. But I am quite confused what is it mean “hold” for large dogs in airline?? Do they acceptable in cabin or not?

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    • Yeri – Unfortunately, only dogs up to around 8kg are allowed in the cabin in Europe. Larger dogs go in the hold beneath the aircraft, a section similar to the where you check-in luggage goes, but it should be temperature and pressure controlled. I haven’t written as much about this, as because my dog is small, I don’t have as much experience, except for on flights to and from Australia.

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    • The easiest way would be if your pet is a dog or cat small enough to fly in the cabin (under 8kg including their carrier bag). As I’ve listed, many airlines accept pets in the cabin. (Also see my list of flag-carrier airlines.)

      Unfortunately, most airlines in Europe don’t recognise emotional support pets, except on flights to and from Europe. I’ve heard of some instances of airlines in Europe allowing emotional support pets, like in the USA, but I don’t have a list. Maybe try Air France for starters?

      The other alternative would be to take a train, if you can’t find an airline that will fly an emotional support pet in the cabin and you would prefer to not check in your pet to the hold. Check out this website for details: https://www.seat61.com/Hungary.htm. All the relevant trains allow at least dogs and cats to travel, including the ÖBB sleeper trains allowing pets in the sleeping compartments, if you book the entire compartment.

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  9. Do you know how I would bring my little dog from Dublin to Copenhagen? Is it possible to bring her in the the cabin with me on this short flight?

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    • Rachel – Hopefully you can bring her in the cabin. There are some airlines that don’t allow dogs in the cabin to and from Ireland, similar to to and from the UK, even though the Irish government is okay with dogs in the cabin. With other airlines, I would double check by calling their customer centres before progressing – it’s not clear which ones actually allow it.

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  10. Sadly Transavia does not fly from Eindhoven to Porto, with or without pets, i have to go far away to Amsterdam 🙁

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    • So if we live in the UK we cant take our small dof with us on board because… it is the UK? People can breed here with first cousin and spit on policeman but we are not allowed to take a dog on board?

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  11. Hi I’m trying travel from Turkey to UK with my rescue kitten, I m just waiting for her passport to be ready, any tips from previous travellers on what should be get ready for? I know the only airlines who allow pets in the cabin are the Turkish, Pegasus and Sunexpress.
    Thanks for any info
    Judy

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    • I recommend looking into the option for travelling with pets to the UK. As pets can’t fly into the UK in the cabin (only as cargo), many people fly to either Amsterdam or Paris. See this post: http://www.travelnuity.com/travel-with-dog-to-uk/. It’s also great to get a travel carrier for your cat in advance and introduce her to it, so she’s more relaxed for the flight.

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  12. We are proposing to travel from London to Corfu in Greece with our family Shih Tzu dog. Any suggestions which airline to use please? Thank you Susan

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    • Susan – I’ve flown with my dog on Aegean Airlines and found them to be great, but I’m not sure if they fly dogs out of London. Only a limited number of airlines take dogs in the cabin on flights out of London (and none on flights returning to London). I recommend looking at my articles on taking a dog between the UK and the continent – especially when returning to the UK it might be necessary to take one of the ferries back.

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  13. I’m sharing my awful experience with Transavia – It’s a long post, but it might be useful to anyone planning to travel with this airline, especially those planning to travel with a pet in the cabin.
    On 7/7/21, I traveled from Amsterdam to Verona with Transavia. I was carrying my dog, which is small enough to be carried in the cabin. I would like to mention that I had already traveled with Transavia in the previous months with the same dog, in the same pet carrier, leaving from the same airport, and that we never had any problems. He weighs 8 kg and he travels in an official pet carrier which has the maximum dimensions allowed by most airlines, including Transavia. We bought the biggest carrier we could find for him to be comfortable in and to still comply with the airline’s regulations. At check-in, a supervisor told me “You have to buy a bigger bag so that your dog is more comfortable”. When I told her that a bigger bag would not comply with Transavia’s regulations anymore and that we had already traveled without any problems with the same carrier and the same dog on Transavia flights in the past, she said “We prefer the bag to be a little bigger, you need just half a size extra, so that the dog is more comfortable”. At that point, I rushed to the luggage shop to buy a bigger bag, but the shop was closed, so I went back to the check-in area, let the supervisor know and asked her to go through Transavia requirements together to see which requirement I was not complying with. She was insisting that the dog should be able to stand up: my dog can stand up and the bag can be closed when he’s standing, only his head pops out if he’s standing out (but not when he’s laying down), which we thought was not a problem, since it’s more comfortable for the dog to be able to have his head out and because on previous Transavia flights we saw people carrying their dog on normal bags that could not even be closed fully and where the only option was for the dog to have his head out the whole time. On the Transavia website there is no mention of the pet being able to stand up, just to move around comfortably, which is what our dog can do in his carrier. The carrier is also fully closable. Eventually, the supervisor talked to a second supervisor, and they said “You can take your dog with you but it’s your responsibility”. Obviously, my dog is my responsibility, I want the best for my dog, and I know what my dog is comfortable with. He’s used to being in that carrier and he’s comfortable enough, so much that he actually always sleeps during the whole flight. Moreover, I know that napping for an hour and a half in a carrier during a flight is the best option for him: being left at home with strangers is not, and I’m sure whoever has a dog or a cat would agree with me.
    After more than an hour of flight, during which my dog had been sleeping in his carrier below my seat without letting out a single bark or moan, a flight attendant stopped by and told me to close the bag. The zip on the top of the carrier was open so that I could see my dog while he was sleeping. I closed the zip as much as possible but not completely, so that his head, which was resting on the edge of the carrier while sleeping, could still be in the same position and I did not have to wake him up. When I asked if it was fine like that, the flight attendant insisted that I had to close it completely, and when I asked why exactly (since the dog was sleeping and had not caused any trouble), her answer was “Because if the bag is open then the dog runs off and we have to chase him”. When I pointed out that the dog was sleeping and that he would not run off anywhere because he was leashed to the bag (all appropriate pet carriers have an internal leash to make sure the dog does not jump out at any moment), the flight attendant kept insisting. Since the dog by that moment had woken up and was alert because of what was going on, I tried to pet him so that he would sit down and I could close the bag completely without stressing him out unnecessarily. While I was doing this, I asked the flight attendant if any of Transavia’s policy regarding flying with pets had changed, since we never had any problems with Transavia before and we had seen people carrying their dog in a simply should bag before, that could not even be closed completely. When I asked this (always politely), she snapped back saying “Are you going to close the bag or not?”. At which point I answered (again, politely, unlike she had just been) “I’m sharing my previous experience with you and I expect you to be polite with me”. She did not answer, walked away, and never came back. After the extremely rude and unprofessional attitude of the flight attendant and since the dog was not causing any trouble or discomfort to anybody, I left the end of the zip slightly open so that his head could rest as it was before and he could keep on sleeping comfortably.
    On the 9th of September, I received a letter from Transavia saying that I have been placed on the Transavia watchlist since I have been (quoting) “found guilty of not adhering crew instructions regarding pet” and that “these are very serious facts and Transavia has therefore decided to put you on the watchlist. Consequences of placement on watchlist is that you must report to the check-in counter on flights operated by Transavia for a period of 3 years. After reporting you can be checked for your behavior. The check will take place through a questionnaire with you before departure of the flight. As a result of the conversation, Transavia can still refuse you for the flight for reasons of order and / or safety. In case of refusal, you are not entitled to a refund”.
    Needless to say, I was not planning to fly with Transavia ever again in my life after such a bad experience, with or without any pets, but I find it shocking to see how objective regulations can be interpreted so differently by different employees and how Transavia allows them to do so. Again, I would like to stress that we were allowed to fly with Transavia without any problems before and with exactly the same conditions, and that we saw other people traveling in such a way with Transavia before too. In fact, this time we had chosen to travel with Transavia again solely based on the positive previous experience we had when traveling with our pet. I strongly suggest Transavia to reconsider their requirements for flying with a pet, because there is no dog or pet who will be able to move freely and stand up like their employees wished to in a carrier with the maximum measurements they indicate, except from small cats and chihuahuas. And, in that case, there won’t be any cat or chihuahua weighting more than 4 kg, so a limit of 8 kg is only misleading. Transavia may also consider providing their employees with a visual reference of a carrier that is approved to fly, because in previous flights simple shoulder bags were allowed in, which can be also misleading.
    Moreover, placing passengers on a watchlist because of a polite exchange with a very rude employee is also quite an interesting strategy for an airline, in my humble opinion. What Transavia should consider instead maybe is instructing their employees to be polite at all times, and not to walk away without saying anything, especially when in their head they’re planning to request to place the passenger on a watchlist. Shouldn’t the passenger be warned, if a situation is so bad (which was not the case this time, of course) to require such a measure? The passenger sitting next to me (whom I do not know personally) also expressed his surprise at the rude attitude of the flight attendant and wondered why they were being so difficult with a dog that was sleeping and not bothering anyone.

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    • Irene – Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Transavia, it’s unfortunate that you had such a bad experience. Based on my own and other people’s experience, flying with a dog can be quite variable, even with the same airline, so it’s great to hear about other people’s experiences.

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  14. Hi, thanks for sharing your tips! This is a helpful guide. I just moved from Canada to France with my my pup, she is a chihuahua mix from Mexico. I am planning a quick trip for winter break and very excited to bring her with me, however am finding it difficult to find cheap flights that will accommodate her. Transvavia recently changed their pet policy from 10kg to 8kg, which worries me since my dog is 8.5kg alone. She is small enough to fit in the carrier comfortably, but she is quite muscular so she weighs a bit more. This hasn’t been an issue for us traveling in cabin so far, as most airlines don’t weigh her. Do you know if airline in Europe tend to weigh, measure or check your pet in cabin? Thank you!

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    • I’ve had it happen to me about 50% of the time, in about a dozen flights. It’s hard to predict if it will happen. That’s s put the limit has been reduced!

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  15. Hi Shandos,

    We are planning travel from Switzerland to the US in October of 2022. Do you know which airlines offer transatlantic flights where in cabin pets are allowed? We have heard that some airlines have changes their policies in the past couple of years. A couple of years ago when we moved to Switzerland and traveled from the US to Switzerland we were allowed to pay for our dachshund Henri to travel in cabin with us.

    Thank you for your recommendations,

    Candice

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    • Many of the US airlines don’t allow pets in the cabin on trans-Atlantic flights, with one of the few exceptions being Delta. Most of the pet-friendly European airlines also allows pets in the cabin on trans-Atlantic flights. One option that allows larger than normal dogs is La Compagnie, a business-only airline flying from France to New York. Enjoy your trip!

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