Pet Policy Austrian Airlines
IN CABIN TRAVEL: FLY WITH A SMALL DOG OR CAT
If your small dog or cat meets the requirements listed in Austrian Airline pet policy to travel in-cabin, you will need an approved airline pet carrier measuring no more than 21.6x15.7x9 in. or 55x40x23 cm. You must notify Austrian Airlines that you are traveling with a pet. Reservations cannot be made online. The weight of your pet including its carrier may not exceed 8 kilos. Kittens and puppies must be at least 12 weeks old.
CHECKED BAGGAGE OR CARGO TRAVEL: FLY WITH A LARGER DOG OR CAT OR OTHER ANIMAL
If your pet is too large to fit under the seat, it is an animal other than a dog or cat, or if it is a very long flight, Austrian Airlines may transport your pet in the cargo section of the aircraft according to its regulations. This section of the cargo department has the same temperature and pressure as the passenger cabin. TIP: Be sure to tell the Captain of the aircraft that your pet is flying in the cargo hold so that they can be sure to keep the temperature at the proper level. Find more tips on airline pet travel in cargo.
If your pet is traveling in the cargo section, whether through the cargo department or as checked baggage, it must be in a pet crate that is IATA compliant. Learn more about IATA compliant pet crates. We also suggest that you consider crate hardware for your pet's crate as more airlines are requiring it. Once you receive your crate, you will need to acclimate your pet to it before traveling. Our guide for preparing your pet and its crate for travel is helpful, especially for first time pet travelers. Download Preparing Your Pet and Its Crate for Travel.
Many airlines require a health certificate indicating that the pet is healthy enough for travel, is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been properly vaccinated, especially when traveling in the cargo section of the aircraft. A Health Certificate completed by your veterinarian within 10 days of travel is required by Austrian Airlines when your pet is traveling as manifest cargo.
If you are traveling to another country, Austrian Airlines will want to see that you have the proper documents to enter that country with your pet. Most countries have their own version of a Veterinary Certificate. In addition, some countries require an Import Permit. Find pet passport forms and instructions in the Pet Travel Store.
HOT AND COLD WEATHER RESTRICTIONS
When runway temperatures are above 84F (29C) degrees at the departure airport, Austrian Airlines may refuse to board your pet as cargo or checked baggage. When the weather is very cold with a runway temperature below 45F (7C) degrees at the time of departure, Austrian Airlines may require what is called an Acclimation Certificate. Learn more about the pet travel airline temperature restrictions.
MORE TIPS FOR FLYING WITH A DOG OR CAT
- It is a good idea to take your pet for a health checkup prior to flying. You will want your veterinarian to make sure that your dog or cat is in top condition and all vaccinations are up to date. It is mandatory to see your vet if you are flying internationally.
- Never give your pet a medical (prescription) sedative. If you want your pet to be more relaxed, then give it a natural pet calmer. Many airlines will refuse to ship a dog or cat that has been sedated.
- If your pet tends toward motion sickness, limit food intake until you have reached your destination. Be sure that your pet gets some hydration prior to travel. It is best to accomplish this at home if possible.
- Always purchase your pet carrier or pet crate well in advance of your trip so that the pet can get used to it. Measure your pet from tip of nose to base of tail and from top of head to floor in order to select the proper size carrier. The airlines will require that your dog or cat be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier.
- Be sure to tell the airline you will be flying with a pet when you make your reservation as they impose restrictions on the number of pets on a specific flight. You must make your reservations on the telephone. You cannot make reservations for your pet online.
- Even though air travel can be stressful for your pet, both planning and preparation will make things easier for you both. More information on airline travel tips can be found in our articles on pet travel.
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