Avianca

Avianca is the national airline and flag carrier of Columbia. They welcome a variety of pets in both the cabin and the hold on many of their flights.

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Pets in the Cabin

Pets can travel in the cabin with Avianca if they don't exceed 18 lbs (8 kg), not including their carrier. The maximum height of animals must be under 8" H (20 cm). Each passenger may only travel with 1 carrier in addition to their regular carry-on luggage. Pets must remain inside their carriers for the duration of the journey. The fee for this service varies depending on your travel. Flights within Columbia incur a charge of 60.000 COP; within Ecuador incur a charge of $20; within Peru incur a charge of $20; within Honduras and Guatemala incur a charge of $20; the rest of Central America incur a charge of $125; from/to the United States and Canada incur a charge of $125; and all other international routes incur a charge of $125.

Pets in Checked Baggage

Pets who exceed the maximum weight limit to travel in the cabin can be transported in the hold instead. To qualify for transport in the hold, animals must weigh a minimum of 22 lbs (10 kg) and a maximum of 44 lbs (20 kg), not including carrier for flights less than 5 hours in length. On Airbus A330 or Boeing B787 aircraft, the combined weight of pets and their carriers can be up to 101 lbs (46 kg). The pet fee depends on the destination of your travel. Pets traveling within Columbia incur a charge of 150 COP; between Colombia and Europe incur a charge of $250; within Peru incur a charge of $60; within Ecuador incur a charge of $30; within Honduras and Guatemala incur a charge of $30; rest of Central America incur a charge of $150; to/from the United States and Canada incur a charge of $150; and all other international routes incur a charge of $150.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the cabin, carriers must not exceed 16" x 12" x 8" (41 cm x 30 cm x 20 cm). They must be made of waterproof fabric and have proper ventilation. Avianca offers these for sale at some airports for around $35. For pets traveling in the hold, carriers must be made with rigid materials such as fiberglass, metal or plastic. It must weigh a maximum of 22 lbs (10 kg) and allow your pet to move freely. Additionally, carriers must be clean and leak proof, have proper ventilation, and contain easily accessible water and food bowls.

Other Restrictions

The following breeds can be transported in the hold: American Staffordshire Terrier, Bull Terrier, De Presa Canario, Doberman, Dogo Argentino, Dogo de Bordeaux, Brazilian Row, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, and Japanese Tosa. They do not allow brachycephalic (snub-nosed) animals to fly due to health risks, including the following breeds of dog: Boston Terrier, French Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Deutscher Boxer Boxer, Dogue de Bordeaux, Griffon belge, King Charles Spaniel, Petit Brabançon, Tibetan Spaniel Spaniel, Bouledogue français, English bulldog, Chin, Doguillo, English Toy, Spaniel, Belgian Griffon, Pekingese, Pug, Tibetan, Bulldog, Brussels Griffon, Chinese Shar Pei, Dogue de Bordeaux, French Bulldog, Griffon of Brussels, Pekingese, and Japanese Spaniel; and the following breeds of cat: Burmese, Persian, Exotic Shorthair, and Himalayo.

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