PAW-SOME NEWS: LIFT AIRLINES NOW OFFERS DOG-FRIENDLY FLIGHTS
Source: The South African (Extract)
Posted: February 28, 2023
SMALL DOGS GET A LIFT
Here’s something new – South African carrier Lift Airlines will now allow dog owners to bring their furry friends on board flights with them.
According to the airline’s website, dogs will now be able to travel in a pet-friendly carry bag with their owners, in a special blocked window seat allocated for them.
Only a limited number of pets are allowed to travel on selected flights‚ and a rigorous cleaning schedule is conducted in between flights to ensure that safety and hygiene standards are maintained.
“Many ‘paw-rents’ can’t always make use of kennels, family or friends to look after their pets,” said Lift Airlines co-founder Jonathan Ayache.
“And they want their four-legged family members to be included when they travel. Until now, this hasn’t been possible when travelling by plane.” Ayache added.
WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS?
Lift Airlines revealed that there are certain travel requirements for this new service. These include only allowing small dogs no bigger than 28 cm x 20 cm x 45 cm for now. Others include:
- Only having one dog allowed per adult passenger
- Dogs must be at least 10 weeks old.
- A dog travelling in the cabin must be carried in an approved purpose-built soft-case dog carrier bag‚ that is well ventilated‚ at all times.
- A dog will not be permitted to occupy a seat‚ and the dog carrier bag must fit completely under the seat in front of the window seat reserved and remain there at all times.
- Puppy training pads/absorbent sheets must be placed in the dog carrier bag.
- See the website for all requirements and details.
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