One of the most significant pain points for pet parents has been the policy of Indian airlines not to carry pets. There are legitimate reasons for this as well. The airline may not be operating an aircraft with a temperature-controlled hold or might not want to inconvenience passengers on board, whose own fears might be unfounded.
Akasa will allow pets to travel on board effective November 1, 2022
Akasa held a press conference, their first interaction with the media since launch, in Delhi yesterday. While most of the update is something we already knew of and have written about on Day 40, one of the new announcements made by the airline yesterday was about their upcoming policy to allow pets to travel on board their aircraft. Akasa stated that they have tied up with an NGO to gain expertise in handling pets on board.
Akasa has announced that effective October 15, 2022, they will allow the bookings for pets to be brought on board, and this facility will be available for flights effective November 1, 2022. As per Akasa, domesticated cats and dogs weighing up to 7 kg (with their cage/container) will be allowed to travel in the cabin.
Similarly, pets weighing between 7-32 kgs (inclusive of the container) will be allowed to check in at the airport. For larger pets, up to 100 kgs, they will have to be routed via a cargo terminal since crates to fly them are not available at the passenger airport terminals.
Akasa has stated that they will allow one pet per flight in the cabin, and one in the cargo hold of the plane. Additionally, if a passenger chooses to bring a pet on board, the crate will be placed under the seat in front of them, and the pet will have to wear a muzzle.
The charges for bringing the pets on board are yet to be announced. So far, only Air India has been allowing pets on board their aircraft in recent times. They allowed two pets, one in the business class cabin and one in the economy class cabin, in the last row of the cabins, with the passenger accompanying them.
Akasa will now allow pet parents to bring their pets along, on board, or in the cargo hold of the aircraft with them, effective November 1, 2022. Booking for the service will start on October 15, 2022.
What do you think of Akasa’s plans to allow Pets on board their aircraft?
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