Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland. It serves Europe, North America, and North Africa. The head office is located on the grounds of Dublin Airport. Each aircraft is named after a saint and blessed. Aer Lingus celebrated 75 years of service in 2011.

Aer Lingus Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed on short flights due to insufficient ventilation in the cargo hold on the shorthaul Airbus fleet. Pets can be booked on direct flights between Ireland and New York, Boston, Chicago, and Orlando and will be transported in the cargo hold area of the place.

Carriage is permitted only with the owner’s acknowledgement that there may be risks to the health and welfare of the pet which may be caused by the reaction of the pet to flying. The acknowledgement is confirmed by booking and during checkin.

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Transport Rules

  • Your pet must travel in a container that is ventilated
  • Pets must be at least 10 weeks old at the time of travel
  • Your pet’s travel container is considered a carry-on baggage item and will incur a fee
  • The following breeds are restricted from traveling on Aer Lingus: AKitas, Argentine Mastiffs, Pitbull Terriers, Fila Brazilleros, and Tosas
  • Only domestic animals such as cats and dogs are allowed on flights

Important Tip:
You must register your pet in advance of your flight by contacting Aer Lingus (contact information here). If you don’t register your pet ahead of time, your pet will not be permitted on the flight.

Pets in the Cabin: Aer Lingus Policy

Separate procedures apply for passengers traveling with Service Animals and may have their companions travel in the cabin on all flights. Service animals such as seeing eye dogs may also travel free of charge. Prior approval is required from the Department of Agriculture when traveling to Ireland.

Pets Traveling from the USA

Pet Express will make arrangements to transport your pet to Ireland on behalf of Aer Lingus. Final transit destination of pets traveling to Ireland is Dublin. Animals cannot be transported from the USA on Fridays or Saturdays.

For more details about Aer Lingus’ pet policies, please see this page .

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