Booking Your Pet's Travel

If you're planning to travel with your pet as carry-on, checked baggage, or as cargo on any of our aircraft, you must contact reservations at (867) 668.2228 ext 1 or toll free in North America at 1.800.661.0407 ext 1 prior to travel to ensure space is reserved for your pet. If space is not reserved, we will base our acceptance on "first come, first served".

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Pets as Carry-On
Can my pet travel with me in the cabin? Certain pets may travel with you onboard in a secured soft shell kennel that fits under the seat in front of you. Must adhere to the following dimensions:

Boeing 737 – 18 inches long x 15 inches wide x 9 inches high

HS748 / ATR-42 – 15 inches long x 11 inches wide x 9 inches high
Can I purchase a seat for my pet? Unfortunately, no. Due to Transport Canada regulations all animals in the cabin must remain within their kennels for the duration of the flight. The kennel must be under the seat in front of the guest that is transporting the animal.
Are there limitations to the number of pets travelling per person? Yes. We permit one pet per customer. One dog, one cat, one rabbit, or one bird. We are unable to make any exceptions to this policy.
What types of pets are qualified for travel within the cabin? - Dogs

- Cats

- Rabbits

- Birds
How much does it cost to ship a pet as carry-on? There is a $50.00 fee plus tax for your pet to travel as carry-on.
What type(s) of kennels are acceptable for carry-on? Your pet must travel in a mesh kennel that can fit under the seat in front of you. The kennel must allow for your pet to naturally stand and turn around. Please refer to our Kennel Guidelines to help ensure your pet has the space it needs.

Your pet and its kennel must not exceed set carry-on baggage limits.

Due to Transport Canada regulations, all animals in the cabin must remain with their kennels for the duration of the flight within their kennels under the seat in front of the passenger who is transporting the animal for the duration of the flight.
Is documentation required for my pet to travel? Pets travelling into or out of the United States will require a health certificate, value of shipment and be a minimum 8 weeks old.
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Pets as Cargo
Can I ship my pet as cargo and what is the cost? Yes, in most cases pets can be shipped as cargo. Note that it is not possible to ship pets as cargo on all flights due to cargo office hours of operation and, in many instances, pets cannot be shipped as cargo during the holidays. Please contact your nearest cargo office for details. Please note pets sent as cargo are charged based on dimension and weight of the kennel with the animal in it. The fee will also be adjusted based on destination. We ask that you contact reservations prior to travel, to ensure space is reserved for your pet. If space is not reserved acceptance will be based on a "first come, first served," basis, however, there is no guarantee that your pet will be accepted for travel.

All live animals must travel in an airline certified kennel. Maximum 2 pets per kennel.

What type(s) of kennels are acceptable? Follow these guidelines to ensure your pet's kennel is air travel approved:

- The kennel must be leak-proof and escape-proof. It must also be free of wheels, be adequately ventilated and rigid (not collapsible or foldable).

- Containers used for the carriage of live animals must comply with IATA Live Animals Regulations.

- The kennel door must be constructed of welded or casted metal, plastic or top-opening doors are not allowed.

- The kennel door should be secured, but not with a locking device, which an agent cannot open in case of an emergency situation. Zip ties are recommended.

- Be large enough for the animal to stand, turn around, sit and lie comfortable in a natural manner.

- Be clean, with no offensive odors and contain absorbent material.

- The use of straw, hay or wood shavings is prohibited.

- The kennel must be marked with the words "live animal" on top.

- Attached labels with the shipper and consignee's name, street address, phone number and the name of the pet travelling, to allow our agents to better reassure the animal.

- IATA Kennel Guide
Is documentation required for my pet to travel? With all live animal transfers, the shipper must complete an airway bill declaring the live animals shipper's name and contact information, and receiver's name and contact information.
Are there restrictions to the types of live animals that are able to travel as cargo? No. As per the International Travel Association (IATA) rules and regulations, all live animals may travel via air, however must meet all rules and regulations set out regarding live animal air travel.

- Females with suckling young and unweaned animals will not be accepted for air transport

- Weaned puppies younger than eight weeks should not be shipped due to possible dehydration during flight
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Pets as Checked Baggage
Can my pet be considered checked baggage? If so, what are the limitations? Yes, your pet may travel as checked baggage.

Please note, space is limited and should be booked ahead of time. There is no guarantee that your pet will be accepted for travel if you wait until check-in to make arrangements, so we recommend contacting reservations as early as possible to ensure your animals may travel with you.

All live animals must travel in an airline certified kennel.

For adult animals, a maximum of two will be permitted to travel in a single pet carrier. The animals must be of the same species, of comparable size up to 12 kg (26 lbs) each and must reside in the same household.

Additional fees apply for animals travelling as checked baggage which will be charged during the check-in process.
What type(s) of kennels are acceptable for checked-baggage? Follow these guidelines to ensure your pets kennel is air travel approved:

- The kennel must be airline transport approved.

- The kennel must be leak-proof and escape-proof. It must also be free of wheels, be adequately ventilated and rigid (not collapsible or foldable).

- Containers used for the carriage of live animals with IATA Live Animals Regulations.

- The kennel door must be constructed of welded or casted metal, plastic or top-opening doors are not allowed.

- The kennel door should be secured, but not with a locking device, which an agent cannot open in case of an emergency situation. Zip ties are recommended.

- Be large enough for the animal to stand, turn around, sit and lie comfortable in a natural manner.

- Be clean, with no offensive odors and contain absorbent material.

- The use of straw, hay or wood shavings is prohibited.

- The kennel must be marked with the words "live animal" on top.

-IATA Kennel Guide

Attach labels with the shipper and cosignee's name, street address and phone number and also the name of the pet travelling, to allow our agents to better reassure the animal.
Is documentation required for my pet to travel? As checked baggage, the owner will be asked to fill out a pet declaration form at the time of check-in, declaring the pet's name and owner's name, address and seat number. Pets travelling into or out of United States will require a health certificate, value of shipment and be a minimum of 8 weeks old.
Are there restrictions to the types of live animals that are able to travel as checked baggage? Animals accepted as checked baggage are limited to cats, dogs, birds and rabbits. All other animals must travel as cargo.
How much does it cost to ship a pet as checked baggage?
Size Dimensions Cost
Small 27" x 19.5" x 19"

69cm x 50 cm x 48cm
$50 + applicable taxes
Medium 32" x 22.5" x 23"

81cm x 57cm x 58cm
$75 + applicable taxes
Large 36" x 26" x 26"

91cm x 66cm x 66cm
$75 + applicable taxes
Extra Large 40.5" x 29.5" x 30.5"

103cm x 75cm x 77cm
$100 + applicable taxes
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Pet Passport

Fly with your pet often? We recently introduced a new Pet Passport. You can use it to track your pet’s air time, get confirmation they’ve been tucked away safely for the flight, and get rewards for your pet for flying with us. One of our passenger service or cargo agents can get a passport for you.

“Air North, Yukon’s Airline has always been one of the best airlines for pets. They’ve been as well taken care of as their human passengers, and it’s this approach that makes our entire team appreciate them as an airline,” says veterinarian, Dr. Michelle Oakley. “The comfort of pets in travel is important, and it’s amazing to see great businesses recognize the importance of our four-legged friends in our families.”

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Kennel Guide

A= length of the animal from the nose to the root of the tail

B= length of a front leg from the ground to the elbow

C= Width across the shoulders (not shown)

D= Height of the animal in a standing position with its head erect. For animals with erect ears, measure from the ground to the top of the ear

Round all measurements up to the nearest inch

Minimum Container Dimensions:

  • Length = A+ 1/2 B
  • Width = C x 2 (one animal) or C x 3 (two animals)
  • Height = D

Kennel Guide

Making Sure Your Pet Is Ready To Fly

Pets are part of our families and their travel should be as stress-free as it is for our other passengers. Our team will do their best to make sure your pets are comfortable, but here’s a few tips that you can follow to help them and your pet.

  • Place a familiar, absorbent blanket in the kennel. This will help calm the animal, and maintain hygiene in the kennel during transport. Clean the kennel thoroughly in advance to make sure it’s tidy and odour-free.
  • Bathe or clean your pet as close to the travel date as possible.
  • Make sure your pet's name is on the outside of the kennel. Our team will be better able to reassure the animal when they can use its name.
  • Two hours prior to departure give your pet a light meal and a short drink.
  • Take your pet for a walk or otherwise exercise it immediately before you leave your home.
  • Shipment of females in heat (oestrus) is not recommended.
  • Never transport an animal with a choke collar or muzzle.

Embargo Periods

While we don’t have embargo periods, we do limit the number of kennels on each flight during the holiday season to ensure the animals’ comfort and safety. For that reason, we advise booking as early as possible to ensure that we are able to accommodate your pet.

Pet Medical Requirements

Our policy is that you must consult your veterinarian prior to your pet’s travel. We recommend against sedating your pet prior to the flight as it slows heart rate and breathing patterns, making oxygen intake more difficult during flight.

Shipping Your Pet Inter-airline

We ask that you allow a minimum of four hours between flights when shipping inter-airline. If any transportation or accommodation is required between flights, that planning and expense is your responsibility.

There are services available to alleviate the stress of shipping pets during these types of circumstances. Worldwide Animal Travel is a business that streamlines the transport of your pet—and will even overnight your pet. They can be reached by phone at (604) 303.7384.