If you wish to travel with your pet as checked baggage in the cargo hold, you will need a cage that is approved for transport.
The box must be solid, tight, clean and disinfected. It must be made of fibreglass, metal or hard plastic and equipped with handles on the sides. Boxes that are exclusively made of wire netting or cages with a low base plate edge are not allowed. The box must also be equipped with containers for food and water and the bottom of the cage should be covered with a layer of newspaper or sawdust. Hay or straw cannot be used because these materials are subject to import bans from many countries. It is not permitted to use transport boxes made entirely of welded wire mesh or metal wire for dogs and cats.
For the animal's comfort, the cage must be large enough so that the animal can stand up, turn and lie naturally. If the cage does not fulfill the requirements, check-in staff can reject the cage.
SAS transport boxes are approved by veterinary authorities and particularly suitable for transporting dogs and cats. When you transport your animal as cargo you can buy transport boxes from Trust Forwarding. Contact Trust Forwarding if you wish to purchase a transport box.
How do I find the right cage size?
There is a fixed price per cage and flight segment to bring an animal. If the cage size exceeds 158 cm (length + width + height), the price will double.
Several animals in a cage
It is possible to transport more animals in one cage. As a rule, the animals must be as large as an adult animal that does not weigh over 14 kg per animal. The animals must live together on a daily basis if they are transported in the same cage. Animals over 14 kg must travel individually. In addition, three animals can be transported together provided that the animals are under 6 months old and come from the same litter.
Cargo hold limitations
When animals are transported in the cargo hold, the pressure and temperature are the same as in the passenger cabin. The availability of oxygen in the cargo hold for live animals limits the number and size of the animals that are transported at the same time.