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Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is the flag carrier airline of Ireland. They welcome pets to fly on certain flights in the hold.

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Pet Reservations

Passengers who plan on traveling with pets should contact Aer Lingus before making a reservation. You can call the Aer Lingus Customer Service Team directly at (888) 578-4806 to make arrangements. The customer service representative will go through restricted breeds and other important information regarding your travel plans.

Pets in the Cabin

Aer Lingus does not accept pets in the cabin on any of their flights. Instead, pets can be checked as cargo with a freight forwarder.

Pets in Checked Baggage

On regional flights and between Ireland and North America, domestic cats, dogs, and rabbits can fly in the hold. The combined weight of pets and their carriers must not exceed 141 lbs (64 kg) to qualify for travel. The pet fee on Aer Lingus regional flights is 40 EUR each. The pet fee on long distance flights is 160 EUR. Animals need to be at least 10 weeks old when travelling with Aer Lingus. You cannot ship pets on flights to Hartford, Los Angeles, Newark or San Francisco. Additionally, Aer Lingus does not ship animals on Fridays or Saturdays.

Pets in Cargo

For pets being transported as cargo, carriers must not exceed 141 lbs (64 kg). Before making your reservation, call (888) 578-4806 to find further information about Aer Lingus carrier guidelines and specific freight forwarders who can help with handling your pet's travel plans.

Carrier Guidelines

Animals should be presented for carriage in their own individual crate which must be durable and strong enough for secure travel.

Other Restrictions

Unfortunately, Aer Lingus does not accept the following breeds of dogs and cats: Akita American, Pit Bull, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentino, Fila Brazillero, Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Tosa, Rottweiler, all Bulldogs, Pugs, Boxers, and Persian/Exotic Cats.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Aer Lingus has received a rating of 3.7 out of 5 bones by 3 dog owners on BringFido.

  • Jan. 04, 2018
    Aer Lingus from Ireland to the US

    Absolutley the worst experience and we have not even gotten on the plane!
    From Orlando it was fine, policies well communicated, people able to be reached, airline personnel knew the rules.
    Complete opposite going back from Ireland to US. Reservations personnel gave different answer each time we called- 5 times, no on could reach cargo, told different information each time we called. Was actually told to contact Petdesk in Orlando by customer service. Flying in six days and we have no idea where to bring our pet to check him in, what paperwork we need, what we will be required for him in his crate and on his crate. Complete ignorance and indifference.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great travel

    I have taken my aging chihuahua twice from JFK to Dublin with Pet Express, using Aer Lingus and Listenhall Pet hospital. My dog did very well indeed with their coordinated care. If you plan to do this regularly, then it may help to get an Eu Pet Passport for him or her. It will require a repeat rabies vaccination given by the Eu veterinarian who issues the passport but the worming can be documented by a. US veterinarian within 5 days of Travel. It is very expensive though going from the US to Ireland about 1500 dollars plus 250 dollars. Listenhall fees. I think there are cheaper ways for the pet with an Eu passport. Such as flying to a country like France Italy, Switzerland on an airline that allows pets in cabin. However you have to get from that country to Ireland which means the pet has to be in cargo. Overall the passenger fees will be much more. I prefer the pet express route US to Dublin and cargo aer lingus Dublin to JFK. The staff are wonderful!!!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Shipping Pets on Aer Lingus

    We moved from the US to Ireland in 2013 and brought our 2 Golden Retrievers. We used Pet Express and they were fantastic. We got all the paperwork together, bought their crates, and they picked our dogs up at our home to take them to the airport. They were in the hold on our flight, and we did get a report from the flight attendant that the dogs were doing fine when they boarded the plane. We picked them up at the Vet in Lyssenhall, as required, and both dogs were doing great. They were well-hydrated and happy to see us. They only had to be at the vet for about 10 minutes before they were cleared and ready to go home with us.

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