Air France is headquartered on the grounds of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, north of Paris. It is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM Group and a founding member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Air France flies to 35 destinations in France and serves 156 more overseas in 91 countries.

Air France Pet Policy

The rules for pet transportation vary depending on your country and destination. On some aircrafts and certain destinations, pets my be restricted or limited. When booking your flights, indicate whether or not you plan to travel with your pet to find out whether pets are allowed and if they can travel in the cabin. Air France only allows hard plastic, plastic and nylon mesh travel containers, or fiberglass containers that are approved by the IATA (International Air Transport Association).

Transport Rules

    • Your pet must travel in a container that is ventilated
    • During the flight your pet cannot be taken out of its carrier
    • Your pet’s travel container is considered a carry-on baggage item and will incur a fee
    • As of July 2011, all pets traveling on Air France within the European Union must be identified by a microchip, have a European passport, and certificate of vaccinations
    • For travel to Ireland, Sweden, the UK or Malta, additional sanitary conditions apply

Important Tip:
You must register your pet in advance of your flight by contacting Air France (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: Air France Policy

With prior approval from booking your tickets, you may transport in the cabin:

        • Dogs and cats must be older than 15 weeks and have proof of required vaccinations to travel
        • Dogs and cats weighing less than 13 lbs including the weight of the carrier
        • Guide dogs are allowed regardless of their weight and size
        • Hard-Sided: 19in/23cm (height), 15.5in/40cm (width), 21.5in/55cm (length)
        • Soft-Sided: 10.5in/27cm (height), 15.5in/40cm (width), 21.5in/55cm (length)

Pets in the Baggage Compartment: Air France Policy

        • Dogs and cats that exceed 13 lbs must travel in the hold, or cargo area
        • The captain will be informed that your pet is in the hold and will make sure that lighting and temperature are adequately adjusted for your pet’s trip
        • Talk to your vet before administering sedatives or anti-nausea medication
        • Snub-nosed pets such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Pekinese or Persian cats can suffer from breathing difficulties in high-stress situations. They may not be allowed during warmer travel months. When booking your trip, ask if there are any restrictions

Rates for pets in the cabin or cargo

        • Flights in France: In cargo €60; in the cabin €30
        • Flights within Caribbean: In cargo €75; in the cabin €30 (not including to and from Miami €55)
        • Flights in Europe and between Europe and N. Africa or Isreal: In cargo €100; in the cabin €55
        • Other Flights in France: In cargo €200; in the cabin €125

For more details about Air France’s pet policies, please see this page of the Air France website

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  1. My husband and I have a total of 6 cats that we will be relocating, from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to the United States. We will be taking 2 in the cabin. Since we can take the other 4 in cargo hold, will those cats be counted as our two checked bags or will they be separate? What would the cost be from Jeddah to New York City?

  2. Air France charge E200 to transport an animal in the hold to Africa. You have subcontracted the shipping to various ‘approved’ companies who charge E1500. This is not reasonable. Can you not give ‘guidelines’ to the companies concerning the amount they may charge. The cost for the animal is almost three time the cost of my ticket. Unacceptable!