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How the IAG Cargo Price Increase will Impact Pet Travel

Published on: March 13, 2024  |  Author: Starwood Pet Travel

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As a result of IAG Cargo's recent announcement, pet owners may need to reevaluate their travel plans for their furry companions. IAG Cargo handles the cargo shipments for British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, Vueling, and Level. This includes the transport of live animals. With live animal rates set to increase after March 1, 2024, the cost of transporting pets via these airlines could skyrocket by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

This significant price hike is sure to have a ripple effect on pet travel options, potentially limiting the accessibility of air travel for many pet owners. The increased expenses may force pet owners to seek alternative transportation methods or reconsider their travel arrangements altogether. It's a challenging situation that highlights the financial burden that pet owners may face when it comes to ensuring the safety and comfort of their beloved animals during travel.

There Are Other Options

While a direct flight is typically the preferred option for pet owners, there are alternative routes to consider that may require a bit of flexibility. Depending on your pet's origin and final destination, they could potentially fly directly with American Airlines. Alternatively, there is the option of flying with Lufthansa or KLM, although these would involve indirect flights with a layover at their respective onsite pet facilities. Lufthansa boasts a pet facility in Frankfurt, while KLM has one in Amsterdam. Keep in mind that pets must transit for a minimum of 4 hours to ensure a proper comfort stop, which may entail an overnight stay until the next available flight to the final destination.

Moreover, there are approved entry routes into the UK, such as flying into Frankfurt, Brussels, Amsterdam, or Paris and then driving into the UK via the Eurotunnel (LeShuttle). For those who plan well in advance, have the means, and are seeking an adventurous journey, private charters, ferries, cruises, or trains are also viable options to explore.

Work with a Pet Relocation Company

Don't derail your own travel plans and instead let a trusted pet relocation company handle your pet's upcoming move. These professionals are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of pet transport, ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience for both you and your furry friend. By entrusting your pet's journey to experts in the field, you can rest assured that they will receive the care and attention they deserve throughout the entire relocation process. So, instead of worrying about the logistics, sit back, relax, and let the professionals take care of everything for you.

*Photo by Isaac Struna on Unsplash


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