Taking animals on the aircraft

Do you want to travel with your pet? Why not? We can arrange safe and comfortable transport for pets such as dogs, cats and birds (birds only as cargo).

We will be happy to accept your pets aboard our aircraft. Depending on their weight, they can travel with you in the passenger cabin or in the cargo hold.

For every animal you wish to take with you on the aircraft, you need a previously confirmed reservation and to pay the corresponding fee. Since the number of animals permitted depends on the type of aircraft, it is very important to book early.

It is also important to arrive at the airport in good time on the day of departure, so that we have enough time to arrange everything necessary for the safe transport of your animal.

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Conditions of carriage for animals

We can arrange safe and comfortable transport for your pets, provided certain  conditions are met and safety regulations are followed :

  • The animal you wish to take with you must be in a suitable and secure pet container.
  • You must also have medical certificates and records of vaccinations, entry permits, transit permits, exit permits and other documents required for animals by States of entry and/or transit.
  • Except for assistance dogs accompanying disabled passengers, animals and their containers will not be part of your free baggage allowance and you will have to pay an excess baggage charge for them.

We can only carry animals if you accept full responsibility for them.

Fees and restrictions regarding the carriage of animals for passengers travelling on an Adria ticket on a direct or connecting Adria flight
Maximum dimensions of pet container (cm) One-way fee (Europe) One-way fee (all other destinations)
* The pet container or bag must have a watertight bottom.
** For a pet container and animal heavier than 45 kg, check with the airline.
PETC – pet in cabin 55 x 40 x 20 (max. 8 kg including pet container)* €50 €100
AVIH – animal in hold 60 x 45 x 40 (max. 45 kg including pet container)* €100 €150
AVIH – animal in hold greater than 60 x 45 x 40 (max. 45 kg** including pet container)* €200 €300

Conditions when travelling with more than one airline

If you are travelling with Adria and another carrier on the same ticket ('interline travel'), the following conditions apply:

  • If the published provisions regarding the carriage of baggage are the same for both carriers, these provisions shall apply.
  • If the published provisions are not identical, common provisions shall apply but, where provisions are different, the rules of the Most Significant Carrier (MSC) shall apply. In the case of codeshare flights, the MSC is in most cases the operating carrier.
  • If the MSC does not publish provisions for a specific type of carriage, the provisions of the operating carrier (i.e. the carrier that accepts the baggage at check-in) shall apply.
  • If the operating carrier does not publish provisions for a specific type of carriage, the rules of the operating carriers shall apply to each flight segment separately.

Check whether your flights include other carriers and make sure that you meet all their prescribed conditions.

Frequently asked questions about transporting animals

When and how can an animal travel in the passenger cabin?

Small dogs or cats can travel in the passenger cabin (up to 8 kg including pet container or bag) The size of the pet container may not exceed 55 cm x 40 cm x 20 cm. The pet container must have a watertight bottom and it must be possible to give water to the animal without opening the container. You must not let your pet out of its container during the flight.

When must an animal travel in the cargo hold?

Animals heavier than 8 kg must travel in suitable travel crates in the cargo hold, which is heated and pressurised. The travel crate must be big enough to allow the animal to stand upright in it and turn round without difficulty.

Do I need to give a tranquilliser to a dog travelling in the cargo hold?

Most experts advise against giving tranquillisers to dogs during the journey. A tranquillised animal is unable to brace itself against the jolts that occur during loading, take-off and landing or in the case of turbulence, and this can result in injury.

Some experts advise the use of mild plant-based tranquillisers. We advise you to always consult a vet about the use of tranquillisers during a flight.

Assistance dogs for disabled passengers

Assistance dogs accompanying disabled passengers are carried free of charge and in addition to the passenger's normal baggage, together with a pet container and food. Please let us know in good time if you plan to travel with an assistance dog, so that we can make the necessary arrangements. And don't forget to prepare the appropriate documents.

Make sure you look at our useful information for passengers with special needs.

With the exception of assistance dogs accompanying disabled passengers, animals and their containers are not part of your free baggage allowance.

Useful tips for a carefree flight with pets

Make sure you have the necessary documents

All dogs and cats travelling within the European Union must be fitted with a microchip and have an up-to-date vaccination record or European pet passport.

If you are travelling outside the European Union, don't forget to check the rules on travelling with animals (vaccinations, quarantine, etc.) that apply in the country you are travelling to.

Take your dog or cat to the vet for a check-up at least a week before the date of travel. The vet will issue you with a special health certificate.

Only take healthy dogs or cats with you on your flight. We particularly advise against travel for animals with heart or kidney problems. Flying can also be problematic for brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds (English bulldog, Pekinese, etc.).

When booking your flight, let us know that you are planning to travel with a pet. We will look after him or her.

Preparing for the flight

If possible, book a direct flight. If the flight is not direct, we advise allowing at least two hours between individual flights.

The last meal, which the animal should eat six hours before the flight, should not be too heavy. Make sure your pet also has enough water. 

Dogs should be taken for a long walk before the flight so that they are not full of energy when they go into the container. Waiting in a crowd at the airport can be stressful for your dog, so it is a good idea to get to the airport in plenty of time to beat the rush.

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Comfortable and safe during the flight

Choose a good quality, solid and well-ventilated pet container in which your pet will feel safe and comfortable during the journey. Put your pet's favourite blanket and toy in the container.

It is a good idea to get your pet used to the container at home, so that it feels a little less unfamiliar.

Attach a photograph, the animal's details and your contact number to the pet container. Make sure your contact details are also on your pet's collar.

Only take healthy dogs or cats with you on your flight.