Travel Advisories

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” or “Animals as Carry-On”.

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

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.

Pacific Coastal does not lend or provide kennels.

Please note that annually from December 15th through to January 6th inclusive, Pacific Coastal has an embargo on live animals. During this time period we do not accept any live animals for transportation as Checked Pets or cargo.

Due to the flooding situation in British Columbia we are experiencing extremely high volumes of cargo shipments. For animal welfare we are unable to accept live animals to be transported as cargo effective Monday, November 29, 2021 until January 6, 2022. We apologize for any inconvenience that this causes. We continue to accept live animals for transportation only as Checked Pets until Tuesday, December 14, 2021. 

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 $52.50/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. Only one animal is permitted in a kennel.

The maximum allowable weight of the pet and kennel combined is 22lbs/10kgs.

If you choose a soft-sided, airline approved kennel, your pet must be completely enclosed in the zipped up kennel. Pets must remain in the approved travel carrier for the duration of travel. The duration of travel includes: boarding at the origin and deplaning at the destination. The animal must remain stowed under your seat while onboard. No part of the pet may extend outside of the kennel.

A customer may not travel with more than one kennel in the cabin. Carry-on pets are considered part of a passengers carry-on allowance, not in addition to. Click here to learn more about our carry-on baggage.


Please contact us at 1.800.663.2872 for more information.


Checked in Pets

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


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.

Checked-in Pets
TypeMaximum WeightMaximum DimensionsHandling Fee
Pet as Checked0-140 lbs40”L X 27”W X 30”H$105.00


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.

Aircraft types, weight, weather and regulatory restrictions may prevent Pacific Coastal Airlines from transporting your animal to the 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. Please note that a doctor’s note is not acceptable documentation. 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.