After reading our previous post How to travel by air with your West Highland White Terrier? you are now ready to book your tickets for a flight with your West Highland White Terrier. You must be aware that the conditions of transport of West Highland White Terrier by air will vary depending on the airlines. That’s why you can ask yourself: Do all airlines accept West Highland White Terrier on their flights? Which airlines will be cheaper to transport my West Highland White Terrier? What is the best airline to travel with a West Highland White Terrier?

Best airline for a West Highland White Terrier – Differences between companies

Each company applies its own specific rules. None of them have the same policy for transportation of dogs in the hold and in the Cabin. In fact, one company will agree to allow small dogs to travel in the cabin, others will not, many will allow dogs to be transported in the cargo hold, others will not… One company will allow dogs of 8 kg in the cabin, others will not… And the conditions are also specific to each airline, so you will find in the table below the specificities of the main airlines. In any case, we recommend that you call the airline to find out all the requirements relating to the transport of dogs and thus avoid unpleasant surprises at the airport.

Best airline for a West Highland White Terrier – Which companies are the cheapest?

Dog transportation is rarely included in the free baggage allowance of your ticket. Generally, there are additional fees that vary depending on the mode of travel of your West Highland White Terrier (in the cargo or cabin) and the trip (small, medium or long distance). This price is different for each company and each destination because each company has its own pricing policy. Therefore, prices can vary up to double (see below).

Comparative table of the main airline companies

To help you choose the best airline for your West Highland White Terrier flight, our French teams have produced a comparative study of the travel conditions of dogs from major airlines:
Airlines Additional fee for dog in the hold Additional fee for dog in the cabin Max. cabin weight (bag+dog)
Aeroflot 75 € 75 € 8 kg
Aigle Azur Algeria+Portugal+Berlin : 70 € Moscow+Senegal+Mali+Lebanon : not authorised from 70 to 150 € depending on the destination 5 kg
Air Austral Excess checked baggage supplement: from €45 to €75 depending on destination 35 € 6 kg
Air Asia Dogs are not accepted in the hold Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
Air Canada 230 € 85 € 10 kg
Air Caraïbes 70 € 50 € 7 kg
Air Corsica 20 € for Corsica – 60 € for Paris – 40 € for Europe 20 € for Corsica – 30 € for Paris – 40 € for Europe 8 kg
Air France + Hop From 60 to 200 € depending on the destination From 30 to 125 € depending on the flight 8 kg
Air Tahiti Nui Contact to request directly From 115 to 200 € depending on the destination 5 kg
Air Transat 220 € for Europe and Canada From 40 to 72 € depending on the destination
Alitalia From 40 to 200 € depending on the destination From 40 to 200 € depending on the destination 10 kg
American Airlines Dogs not accepted on transatlantic flights Dogs not accepted on transatlantic flights
All Nipon Airways 300 € for Europe and Japan Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
British Airways 125 € 125 € 6 kg
Cathay Pacific 35 € por kilo para Europa y Hong Kong  Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
Corsair From 100 to 200 € depending on destination From 50 to 100 € depending on destination 5 kg
Delta 200 € for Europe and US 200 € for Europe and US
Easyjet Dogs are not accepted in the hold  Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
Emirates 430 € up to 23 kg  Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
Finnair From 75 to 300 € depending on destination From 40 to 75 € depending on destination 8 kg
Iberia From 120 to 300 € depending on destination From 25 to 150 € depending on destination 8 kg
Icelandair From 117 to 162 € depending on destination From 117 to 162 € depending on destination
KLM From 60 to 200 € depending on the destination From 30 to 125 € depending on the flight 8 kg
Korean Air 150 € 150 € 7 kg
Lufthansa From 80 to 190 € depending on the destination From 50 to 110 € depending on the destination 8 kg
Norwegian From 60 to 80 € From 48 to 70 € 8 kg
Qatar Airways From 170 to 300 €  Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
Ryanair Dogs are not accepted in the hold  Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
Scandinavian Airlines System From 67 to 115 € depending on destination From 50 to 90 € depending on destination 8 kg
Singapore Airlines Additional fee for excess hold baggage € 47  Dogs are not accepted in the cabin
TAP Air Portugal From 70 to 200 € depending on the destination From 35 to 150 € depending on the destination 8 kg
Transavia 60 € 40 € 10 kg
United Airlines Dogs not accepted on transatlantic flights Dogs not accepted on transatlantic flights
Vueling Dogs are not accepted in the hold From 40 to 50 € depending on the destination 8 kg
XL Airways 70 € 50 € 7 kg
This study was carried out on 35 of the airlines most booked by European travellers. We have collected the most reliable information on the web, in particular on airline websites. Completed at the end of 2018, this study is shared just for information, as prices and conditions may change over time. So, before booking, you need to call the airline of your choice to find out about the regulations, fares and specific conditions relating to your trip with your West Highland White Terrier.

Best regular airlines to travel with a West Highland White Terrier

Regarding the main airlines, according to the previous study and according to the comments and opinions of Internet users, the 3 best would be:

AIR France/KLM

After consulting the conditions of transport of dogs on Air France, KLM or Hop flights, I found very good reviews on the web, many comments indicating that on Air France and KLM, the waiting area reserved for animals is good and is air-conditioned.

Lufthansa

With Lufthansa, your West Highland White Terrier, depending on your weight, can travel in the cabin with you or in the cargo. As with Air France/KLM, the area of the hold reserved for animals is air-conditioned. I have not found any negative opinion on this company in relation to the transport of dogs, but on the contrary, very good ratings.

Singapore Airlines

Elected by Tripadvisor Best Airline in the world, this company offers you to transport your West Highland White Terrier in the hold on the same flight as you or in cargo. So your West Highland White Terrier can travel comfortably and safely in air-conditioned bunkers. For more information, please contact your Singapore Airlines Cargo agency prior to your flight: Siacargo_Sinsales@singaporeair.com.sg If you decide to carry your West Highland White Terrier in the hold on the same flight as you, ask for more information: http://www.singaporeair.com/fr_EN/contact-us/

Best low-cost companies to travel with your West Highland White Terrier

Transavia

This Company agrees to transport your West Highland White Terrier in the hold. It has a specially heated area with an air-conditioning and pressure control system. This ensures that your West Highland White Terrier travels in the best possible conditions.

XL Airways

If your West Highland White Terrier has to travel in the hold, with XL AIRWAYS it will be in a pressurized, ventilated and heated compartment.

Best airline for a West Highland White Terrier – Important tips

Travelling your West Highland White Terrier by air is an extremely stressful experience. Many stories of suspicious deaths have been told about the holds of some aircrafts…. So, to make sure you’ve chosen a good company to fly your West Highland White Terrier, don’t hesitate to ask them questions like: How will my West Highland White Terrier be managed during the flight? Can you confirm that my West Highland White Terrier will travel in the same plane as me? Is the cargo compartment getting hot? How will the stopover be? How will I get my West Highland White Terrier back?

For more information about flight conditions of dogs, please consult our page:

How to travel by air with your West Highland White Terrier?