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Air India

Air India is the national flag carrier of India. Currently, they provide regional service throughout India, as well as international service to Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, Africa, and Australia.

Air India may accept dogs, cats, and birds for either in-cabin transport or as checked baggage, depending on the length of the flight, the destination, and provided that all requirements for travel have been met.

Air India will not accept pets on any nonstop flight between the United States and India, except for certified Service Dogs.

For flights other than between the USA and India, the following rules apply:

IN-CABIN CHECKED BAGGAGE
CARRIER SIZE Maximum dimensions:
  • Length: 45 cm (18 in)
  • Width: 45 cm (18 in)
  • Height: 30 cm (12 in)

Any carrier exceeding the maximum dimensions listed for transportation in the cabin of the aircraft.

Carrier size will depend on the size of your animal companion.

CARRIER WEIGHT Should not exceed 5 kg (11 lbs) Any carrier exceeding 5 kg (11 lbs)
CHARGES / FEES Fees will vary depending on the point of departure and the point of destination. Fees will vary depending on the point of departure and the point of destination.

Restrictions

  • Travelers are reminded that every country has different rules and regulations governing the acceptance and transportation of animals. It is strongly recommended that you contact the consulate, embassy, or government authority for any country (or countries) you will be visiting to ensure that you have met all entrance requirements.
  • Air India will not accept pets on any routes running between India - USA and/or USA - India.
  • They assume no liability for animal safety on any flights where animals are permitted.
  • Carriage of dogs, cats, or other pets is not permitted in the cabin on any flights to or from the United Kingdom. Animal may be carried as cargo freight and only with prior permission.

If you are unable to travel with your pet

Given Air India's policy of not carrying animals on overseas flights to the United States, your best bet may be Air India Cargo. Over the years, they have acquired considerable expertise when it comes to transporting live animals. They can accommodate the carriage of almost any type of animal between any two points that Air India Cargo flies. Please contact them directly to determine what options may be available to you.

Codeshare flights

Pets may not be accepted on flights operated by codeshare partners. It is strongly recommended that you contact any codeshare partners or any other airlines directly to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel.

Contact Information

  • Air India Call Center (USA/Canada): 1-800-223-7776
  • Air India Cargo (Import/Export Operations): 718-632 0174
  • Air India website: Click Here
 
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