Take your best friend with you
If your pet and carrier weigh up to a maximum of 10 kg (22 lb) combined, you may take your pet on board. If your pet and carrier weigh up to a maximum of 45 kg (100 lb) combined, you will need to check in your pet.
For the safety of your pet, check the restrictions by breed before your trip.
If traveling with a dog, the carrier to take it on board may be made of fabric or sturdy plastic. If traveling with a cat, it must be sturdy (plastic). In both cases, it must comply with measurements and requirements.
In the aircraft
The carrier must be closed with a plastic clamp to be provided to you at the airport, so your pet cannot leave it during the flight. During the flight, you must place the carrier under the seat in front of you, and the rest of your personal items on the overhead compartments.
Carrier weight and dimensions
The combined weight of the carrier and your pet must not exceed 100 lbs (45 kg).
The total dimensions (length + width + height) must not exceed 62 in. Extra charges will apply if the carrier exceeds the maximum allowance.
Your pet must be able to freely spin around on its axis and stand up on its four paws inside the carrier.
The carrier must have a sturdy structure, and be clean, waterproof, well ventilated, wheel-free, and free of objects that can hurt your pet, be scratch-proof, with an anti-escape closure, and it must have handles for carrying.
Identification and contact information
The carrier must be labeled with your contact information (name, phone number and address) and the pet’s identification information (name, age and sex).
Leakproof containers may be placed inside the carrier with pet food and water (provided by the passenger), as necessary for the trip. The carrier must contain absorbent material or kitty litter and odor neutralizers.
■ Only dogs and cats are allowed.
■ Pets younger than 4 months, nursing, sick, dead, violent, or pregnant are not accepted.
■ Add the service in advance since there is a limit of four checked pets and two traveling onboard per flight.
■ You may take one single animal per carrier.
■ Do not have your pet undergo surgical procedures within 5 days before the flight.
Keep your pet well fed and hydrated
Feed and give water to your pet about four hours before the flight.
Have your pet get used to its cage
Allow your pet to get used to the cage days before traveling.
Carry a toy or garment
Put an object that is familiar to your pet in the cage so that it can travel more relaxed.
Keep the cage clean
Place absorbent material or sanitary stones in the cage.
Don't sedate your pet
Doing so may increase the risk of suffering cardiac or respiratory problems during the flight on some animals, in accordance with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the norms of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
How long beforehand should I arrive at the airport?
For domestic flights (Mexico), you must arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight’s departure, and for international flights, at least three hours before, so we can verify that your pet meets all the requirements to travel.
Want to know more?
For more information about official provisions regarding traveling with pets, consult the following links: