accredited IATA agent
IATA is the International Air Transport Association. Animalcouriers is an accredited IATA cargo agent and can offer competitive rates with all airlines that provide pet air travel. We work to IATA's guidelines on the air transport of animals.
We can book your animals onto flights:
- Leaving the UK from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports for destinations including Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Riyadh, Canada, USA and South Africa — to name only a very few of the countries we cover
- Coming into the UK from continental European countries with Monarch, Thompson Airways and Thomas Cook
- Coming into the UK from countries outside Europe via:
Air Malta • Air New Zealand • Air Transat • British Airways
BMI • Continental Airlines • Cyprus Airways •Delta • Emirates
Estonian Air Etihad Airways • Flybe • Jet 2 • KLM • Lufthansa
Monarch Airlines • Northwest Airlines • Qantas • Qatar Airways
South African Airways • Swiss World Cargo • Tap Portugal
Thomas Cook • Thomsonfly • Virgin Atlantic
IATA recommendations and standards
IATA provides recommendations and sets standards relating to the air transport of live animals and provides information to help you prepare your animal for its flight.
We provide travel boxes that meet IATA's guidelines. You will need to provide us with your animal's dimensions and weight. If your animal already has a travel box you will need to check it is still the right size.
very young animals
IATA stipulates that puppies and kittens under eight weeks old may not travel by air. Most airlines prefer them to be at least 10 weeks old and in some cases 16 weeks, depending on the length of the journey. There may also be other restrictions if the weather is very hot or very cold.