Choosing the correct pet carrier when making arrangements for airline travel is essential for the safety and comfort of you dog or cat. Airline approved pet carriers have to comply with IATA Live Animal Regulations which specify the minimum dimensions, ventilation, feeding access and security requirements for all air transportation.
Some airlines impose additional requirements or have maximum pet carrier sizes that they can handle, so we always recommend it best to check the specifics well in advance with your chosen airline.
However simply finding the minimum size for an airline approved pet carrier is not the complete story because, to ensure your pet's comfort and safety, a pet carrier has to be neither too small or too big. Too small and the animal will be cramped and travel will be refused. Too big and your pet could easily get injured.
We get lots of enquiries from customers regarding which is the correct size pet carrier for their animal so we have provided this easy guide calculator to help you chose the optimum IATA airline approved pet carrier.
This calculator is based on specific requirements of British Airways, who we have found to be the most stringent in terms of criteria. [For basic IATA regulations enter 0 for measurement B.] Other airlines may use slightly different criteria.
In all cases we strongly recommend you check with your chosen air carrier.
Please click here for a printable guide and the IATA Live Animal Regulations
To calculate the correct size of an approved pet carrier for airline travel, insert the appropriate measurements of your pet in the boxes provided (remember to indicate whether the measurements are in centimetres or inches) and click on the 'CALCULATE' button.
Please note the following important details:
Petmate vari kennel is the leading pet carrier for your pet's air travel and is available in a wide range of sizes.