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Best Airlines for Travelling with A Pet

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Today more and more airlines are making arrangements for travelers that want to take their furry friend or pet on board. However, not all airlines are very friendly.

A new study by Budget Direct Travel Insurance rated airlines out of 10 in categories such as cost-per-pet, cabin allowance, and openness to welcoming ‘unusual’ animals to find out the top 50 most pet-friendly airlines in the world. Each airline ended up with a score out of 100, and these scores are used to rank the top 50 pet-friendly airlines on Earth.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is paws-down the winner for pets on planes, with a score of 81.8/100. That’s nearly 5 points ahead of second-ranked Air France. KLM scores strongly across all categories, while third-placed Air Canada scores high for their low travel fees (just $82 per pet) but falls behind with its limit of 45kg for pets who fly in the hold.

These are the top 5 most pet-friendly airlines in the world – and the bottom 5 worst offenders:

 TOP 5 AIRLINES

BOTTOM 5 AIRLINES

Airline

Score / 100

Airline

Score / 100

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

81.8

Jetstar Airways

0

Air France

77.2

Azul Airlines

0.3

Air Canada

77.1

South African Airways

0.6

Turkish Airlines

76.6

Fiji Airways

0.7

Lufthansa

76.1

AirAsia

3.1

Travelers should also read IATA's Live Animals Regulations (LAR) which is the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines. Whether it is a pet, an animal transported for zoological or agricultural purposes or for any other reason, the objective of the LAR is to ensure all animals are transported safely and humanely by air.

50most pet friendly airlines

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