Flying with pets by private jet

One of the things we are asked most regularly at PrivateFly is whether pets can travel with them on their private jet charter flight.

The answer is a resounding YES! We know that pets are part of the family and our team make every effort to ensure that their travel is as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

A flight can be a traumatic experience for a pet and (unlike on a commercial flight) this trauma can be lessened on a private jet charter by the calming presence of their owner.

On a private flight, pets can travel with their owner in the aircraft cabin, rather than in the hold.

Provided all the pet documentation is correct and up-to-date, we are able to make all the arrangements for clients who wish to travel with their domestic pets, ensuring the animal’s welfare and comfort at all times.

Each country has varying rules and regulations as to the importation of pets. But FlightTime works closely with various agencies to ensure that the process is as simple and transparent as possible in each location.

Pet travel regulations make it fairly straightforward to fly with your pets on private jet charters to and from the UK and in Europe as follows:

Flying with pets in Europe & the UK

Outside the UK, clients with pets can travel freely between airports in most other European countries, without restriction.

Within the UK, many airports and private jet operators now have approval to handle private charter flights with pets onboard. The UK government has a scheme called PETS (Pet Travel Scheme) which currently allows pet dogs, cats and ferrets from certain countries to enter the country without quarantine as long as they meet the rules.

UK residents can take their pets to other European Union (EU) countries, and selected non-EU countries and return with them to the UK, without the need for quarantine.

Dedicated UK pet airports

Leeds Bradford International
London Biggin Hill
London Farnborough
London Gatwick
London Oxford
London RAF Northolt
London Stansted
London Heathrow

Flying with pets in the USA

The US Department of Transportation and their Department of Agriculture have the following guidelines for flying with pets within the USA:

  • Dogs and cats must be 8 weeks old
  • Animals must have been weaned
  • Require proof of rabies vaccination
  • Each State has specific Centres for Disease Control (CDC)