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Information about flying with your dog, cat, or other pets on Air Canada.

A summary of tips, rules, restrictions and fees for flying with your pet on Air Canada:
  • Space for pets in cabin is limited, and requires registering your pet via Air Canada Reservations within 24 hours of completing your booking.
  • For the cargo hold, space is also limited and requires registering your pet via Air Canada Reservations within 24 hours of completing your booking.
  • Air Canada requests that you allow an extra 30 minutes beyond the recommended check-in time for your flight to allow enough time to process your pet.
  • The maximum weight of the pet and pet carrier combined is 70 lbs (32 kg).
  • There is an embargo for traveling with pets for the following dates - December 18 to January 7, and June 20 to September 10.
  • There are temperature restrictions on certain types of aircraft over the winter months for pets (November to March), namely its fleet of Canadair jets, Embraers, and Beech crafts. Air Canada warns that the Airbus A319, A320 and A321 are not heated in the cargo hold and temperatures can fall as low as 2 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Farhenheit).
  • There are temperature restrictions on certain types of aircraft over the summer months for pets for the following US destinations - Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando and Phoenix.
  • Fee - Pets in cabin - $50 CAD one way within Canada and between Canada and the US, and $100 CAD for international flights. Pets in the cargo hold - Canada and United-States $105 CAD / USD one way, international $270 CAD / USD.
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