Small Dog on Airplane in Carrier

Copa Airlines

Compañía Panameña de Aviación, S.A., also known as Copa Airlines, is the flag carrier of Panama with their hub in Panama City. They welcome small pets into the cabin on select flights.

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Pets in the Cabin

Small cats and dogs can be transported in the cabin on a number of flights with Copa Airlines if the combined weight of the pet and carrier does not exceed 20 lbs (9 kg). Pets must remain inside their carrier for the duration of the journey. Each passenger is permitted to bring 1 carrier with them on board with 1 pet inside. Passengers can feed their pet during the journey, as long as the pet remains inside their carrier. The fee for pets being transported in the cabin is $125 on international flights and $25 on domestic flights.

Pets in Cargo

Dogs and cats who don't meet the requirements for transport in the cabin can travel as cargo instead with Copa Pets. They only send pets from Monday to Thursday to ensure that the animal doesn't pass quarantine on the weekend. To be accepted as cargo, animals must be between 2 months and 11 years of age. They do not accept the following breeds as cargo: Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, English Bulldog, Canary Catch Dog, Argentine Dogo, Cane Corso, and Brasilian Fila. Snub-nosed breeds will be handled with special care and may not be accepted on all flights. These breeds include: Boston Terrier, Boxer, Grifon de Bruselas, Bull Terrier, Holand Pug, English Toy Spaniel, French Bulldog, Japan Chin, Japan Pug, Pequines, Stafforshire, Bichon Principal, Maltes, Cavalier King, Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, Lhasa Apso, Sharpei, Shihtzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Carlino Mastiff, and Dogue de Bordeaux. To find out more details about transporting your pet as cargo, you can contact the Reservations Team by phone at (800) 359-2672.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the cabin, soft carriers must not exceed the dimensions of 13" x 17" x 7.5" (33 cm x 43 cm x 19 cm); and hard carriers must not exceed the dimensions of 11" x 18" x 11" (28 cm x 45 cm x 28 cm). Carriers must be clean, well-ventilated, leak-proof and must not allow any part of the pet to escape or stick out. They must be rigid, constructed of wood, metal, or plastic, with rigid or soft sides. Animals must be able to stand, turn around or lie down comfortably inside. Additionally, proper ventilation is important for animals being transported. For pets traveling as cargo, carriers can be between the dimensions of 16” x 15” x 21” (40 cm x 38 cm x 53 cm) and 27” x 30” x 40” (68 cm x 76 cm x 101 cm).


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