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Air Canada

Air Canada is the largest airline in Canada and a proud member of Star Alliance, the world's largest airline network. They operate internationally, nationally, and regionally with Air Canada Express flights operated by Jazz, Air Georgian, Exploits Valley Air, and Sky Regional.

Currently, they will only allow passengers to travel with a small cat or dog in the cabin, provided the animal is small enough to fit comfortably in an approved carrier and can be safely stored under the seat in front of you. All other animals must travel as either checked baggage or as manifest cargo in the hold of the aircraft.

Air Canada also reminds travelers that in-cabin pet carriers will count toward your carry-on baggage allowance.

CARRIER SIZE Hard-sided carrier
  • Height: 23 cm (9 in)
  • Width: 40 cm (15.5 in)
  • Length: 55 cm (21.5 in)
Soft-sided carrier*
  • Height: 27 cm (10.5 in )
  • Width: 40 cm (15.5 in)
  • Length: 55 cm (21.5 in)
292 cm (115 in) linear dimensions
(Length + Width+ Height)
CARRIER WEIGHT 10 kg (22 lbs)
Pet and carrier combined
32 kg (70 lbs)
Pet and carrier combined
CHARGES / FEES $50 or $100 per direction based on itinerary From $105 per direction
*soft-sided carrier preferred in cabin


  • For in-cabin air travel, only small cats and dogs are accepted. Other pets may be accepted as checked baggage. Air Canada Cargo also ships a variety of animals each day.
  • Restrictions related to extreme weather conditions apply to certain flights depending on the time of year, point of destination, and/or the point of departure. In some cases Air Canada Cargo can accommodate pets, but travelers should call in advance to determine if this is possible. Seasonal holiday restrictions may also apply.
  • For international flights, it is strongly recommended that you consult the consulate, embassy, or government authority of any country (or countries) you will be visiting to ensure that you have met all entrance requirements. Travelers are also encouraged to familiarize themselves with any provincial or territorial restrictions when travelling in Canada.
  • Pets flying unaccompanied must fly Air Canada Cargo.

If you are unable to travel with your pet

If you are unable to travel with your pet, Air Canada Cargo can provide options. They have extensive experience shipping a variety of animals: everything from dogs and cats, to tropical fish, insects, even hatching eggs. The cost of shipping will largely depend on the point of origin and the destination, the type of animal being shipped, and the dimensions and/or weight of the carrier.

Air Canada Cargo operates in compliance with all International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations, and offer specialized handling for animals, as well as convenient tracking options so you can map where your animal friend is at all times.

Some restrictions apply. Please visit Air Canada Cargo's website for more information.

Codeshare flights

Pets may not be accepted on flights operated by codeshare and interline partners. It is strongly recommended that you contact any codeshare partners or other airlines directly to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel.

Contact Information

  • Air Canada Reservations (within Canada and the U.S.) - 1-888-247-2262
  • Air Canada's website: Click Here
  • Air Canada Cargo's website: Click Here
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