Pet Travel

Pacific Coastal Airlines is proud to support the safe and humane travel of all animals we accept for transportation. Before travel, all customers are required to complete the applicable checklist; either, “Animals as checked baggage” or “Animals as Cargo” together with one of our service professionals.

To familiarize yourself with the checklist the best applies to your animal’s type of travel, please click on the checklists below. Copies will be provided during check-in.

Animals as Checked Baggage Checklist

Animals as Carry-On Checklist

Animals as Cargo Checklist

If you plan on travelling with your pet, please contact us at 1.800.663.2872 so that we may be better prepared for your check-in.

Need a kennel for travel? Please review SkyKennel Supply for information on air-travel-standard kennels. Pacific Coastal does not lend or provide kennels.

Airline Limitations and Live Animal Sizing Chart

Carry-on Pets in Cabin

Pacific Coastal Airlines accepts small pets for travel in the cabin for a fee of $31.50/kennel, each way (limit one kennel per customer).

Pet kennels should be soft-sided (airline travel approved) and must be within the dimensions of 17″ x 10″ x 10″ (43cm x 25.4cm x 25.4cm) to fit securely under the seat of our wheeled aircraft.

The animal must be able to stand in its natural position without coming into contact with the roof of the kennel or a conditional acceptance tag must be completed if there is not adequate headroom.


The maximum allowable weight of the pet and kennel combined is 25lbs/11kgs. The pet-carrier supplier best suited to provide customers with a soft-sided carrier to fit these dimensions is Bosley’s. They have locations across the Lower Mainland, parts of the interior, and Vancouver Island.

One of the approved soft-sided carrier that we recommend is the Petmate brand (medium carrier). This carrier is available at Bosley’s for approx. $44.99 (subject to change; please call Bosley’s for up-to-date price).


Please contact us at 1.800.663.2872 for more information.

Checked in Pets:

We will accept pets as checked baggage up to a total weight of 70 lbs/32 kg (including pet and kennel) and to a maximum dimension of 36” X 25” X 27”.

Passengers are allowed up to 50 lbs/23kgs of free checked baggage in addition to their pet. Although we do place a priority on live animals travelling on your flight, the kennel charge does not guarantee the transportation of your pet. To guarantee your pet will travel on the same flight, please see our section on Guaranteed Baggage.

Fees are applied based on mileage, as follows:

Zone 1Zone 2Zone 3Zone 4Zone 5
Zone 1$50$50$50$75$75
Zone 2$50$50$50$75$75
Zone 3$50$50$50$75$75
Zone 4$75$75$75$75$75
Zone 5$75$75$75$75$75

Zone 1: Vancouver and Victoria

Zone 2: Campbell River, Comox, and Powell River

Zone 3: Port Hardy, Williams Lake, Cranbrook, Trail, and Kelowna

Zone 4: Bella Bella, Hakai Pass, Rivers Inlet, Ocean Falls, Klemtu *more inlets upon inquiry

Zone 5: Masset, Bella Coola, Anahim Lake, and Prince George

The animal must be able to stand in its natural position without coming into contact with the roof of the kennel. 


Charges are calculated on a per kennel basis. Charges apply for empty kennels unless the kennel has been dismantled. In this case, regular checked baggage processes will apply. All checked pets must be in a hard-sided kennel (no wire cages) to protect them in case of luggage shifting during the flight.

What if my pet is larger?

All pets exceeding 70 lbs/32 kg and/or 36” X 25” X 27” will be handled as Cargo. Please contact our Cargo Department at 1.855.615.1381 for details or visit the following link.

Pets Shipped as Cargo

Any pets shipped as cargo will be accepted and processed directly with our Cargo Agents. For more information please contact us toll-free at 1.855.615.1381. Pacific Coastal Airlines is not able to provide over-night facilities.

Important Information

We recommend that you register your pet within 24 hours of completing your booking (minimum of 48 hours prior to flight). Pet fees are applicable at the time of booking; however, should your plans change and your pet does not travel, the pet fee is refundable. Pacific Coastal Airlines will not be responsible for any additional fees in relation to the transportation of your pet. Your kennel must be leak proof and well ventilated. If you choose a soft-sided, airline approved kennel, your pet must be completely enclosed in the zipped up kennel. Pets must remain stowed under your seat and in their kennels for the duration of the flight. The carrier must be big enough to allow your pet to sit up and turn around safely and comfortably. No part of the pet may extend outside of the kennel.

A customer may not travel with more than one kennel in the cabin.

Aircraft types, weight, weather and regulatory restrictions may prevent Pacific Coastal Airlines from transporting your animal to the destination.

Overnight kennel service fees may be required during transport in case of aircraft type, weight and severe weather or other conditions beyond Pacific Coastal Airlines’ control (including, but not limited to an act of god, or failure to retrieve animal after a reasonable time frame). If overnight kennel services are required, no compensation is provided by Pacific Coastal Airlines. The shipper and consignee are advised of the overnight charges, and these are added to the air waybill by the station where the overnight kenneling occurs. The shipment is then rebooked on the first available flight, and the shipper and consignee are notified accordingly. All overnight charges are collected from the consignee at destination.

Service Animals

Service animals are defined as animals required by a person with a disability for assistance. Service animals must be certified, in writing, as having been trained to assist a person with a disability by a professional service animal institution. They may fly in the cabin of the aircraft, free of charge, when harnessed and on duty.

Due to the smaller dimensions of our aircraft, we may not be able to comfortably accommodate large service animals on certain flights. Therefore, we recommend you pre-register your service animal with us a minimum of 48 hours prior to flight so we may best accommodate your needs.