Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic is a large British airline that operates flights to North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Pets are welcome to travel in the cargo hold on some of their flights.

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Pet Reservations

Virgin Atlantic doesn't offer pet travel everywhere all of the time. For example, there is no pet transportation on flights leaving the UK on a Saturday or a Sunday. Like many airlines, Virgin Atlantic does not accept snub or pug nose breeds like English Bulldogs or Persian cats, or any dogs listed in the UK's Dangerous Dogs act, such as Pit Bull Terriers.To find out if Fido can join in your travel plans with Virgin Atlantic, you can contact their Cargo Department directly at 800-828-6822 or by email at welovecargo@fly.virgin.com.

Pets in the Cabin

Virgin Atlantic does not allow pets to travel in the cabin on any of their flights. You can bring Fido in a secure, heated, and air conditioned compartment in the hold instead.

Pets in Cargo

Pets are welcome to travel in the hold on select Virgin Atlantic flights. You can transport your pet on the same flight as you, or they can go it alone. Pet travel is handled through Virgin's Cargo Department. You can contact them by phone directly at 800-828-6822 or by email at welovecargo@fly.virgin.com for further information.

Carrier Guidelines

For pets traveling in the hold, the minimum size for a carrier is 20" x 15" x 15" (53 cm x 40 cm x 38 cm). Once inside their carrier, Fido must be able to lie down, turn around, and stand up (with at least 5 cm / 2 in between the top of your pet’s head and the roof of the box). The carrier should have a secure locking mechanism, a leak-proof base, be made of wood or hard plastic, ventilated and rigid on all sides (non-collapsible), and not have a roof with a grill that opens. Additionally, you should provide your pet with ample water in a bowl connected to the inside of the carrier.

Other Restrictions

Virgin Atlantic can’t accept snub or pug nose breeds like English Bulldogs or Persian cats. They also don't accept any dogs listed in the UK's Dangerous Dogs act, such as Pit Bull Terriers.

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