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6 Airlines that Allow Rabbits in the Plane Cabin [2022 Policies & Prices]

Airlines that allow rabbits in the airplane cabin in 2021 are as follows:

  1. Aeroflot Airline
  2. Air Europa
  3. Alaska Air
  4. Finnair
  5. Frontier
  6. WestJet

In this article, we will list the strict rules and regulations of each airline, including carrier size and weight restrictions and the number of rabbits you are permitted to bring. We will also list the airline’s fees in 2021 for bringing a rabbit on board the cabin.

For a more detailed guide on flying with a rabbit, check Can I Take My Rabbit on a Plane? [Yes! Here’s how].

Why flying with a rabbit in cabin is recommended.

It is recommended that you fly with your rabbit in the cabin, rather than checking him in as baggage.

In the cabin, your rabbit will be permitted to sit under the seat in front of you, by your feet. Sat together for your flight, you will both feel more at ease.

Firstly, you will be able to keep a close eye on your rabbit to ensure that he is happy. Secondly, you can also provide him with comfort and reassurance on the flight. You may not be able to take him out of the carrier, but just the sound of your voice is reassuring for your bunny.

[Related post – 8 Easy Ways to Keep a Rabbit Calm While Travelling]

In the cargo area of the plane, it is likely that your rabbit will get stressed. Rabbits are fragile creatures and being exposed to high levels of stress is dangerous and can even be fatal.

Therefore, unless you have a super calm and confident rabbit, the aircraft hold isn’t an ideal environment for a bunny.

Aeroflot Airline’s Rabbit Policies & Prices

  • Maximum number of rabbits allowed: no limit, however the carrier should be of sufficient size to allow the animals to stand up, turn 360 degrees, and lie down in a natural position.
  • Maximum weight: cannot exceed 8kg (including carrier).
  • Carrier restrictions: 44х30х26 cm for a rigid carrier and the sum of all dimensions must not exceed 126 cm for soft pet carriers.
  • Cost for domestic flight: 3,750 RUB / 57 USD (approx.)
  • Cost for international flight: 75 USD

Additional Information

  • Rabbits must be tamed.
  • Carriage must be approved by the airline at least 36 hours before the scheduled flight departure.
  • The number of animals that can be carried in the aircraft is limited.

Check the Aeroflot website for more information.

Air Europa’s Rabbit Policies & Prices

  • Maximum number of rabbits allowed: In a single container up to 3 pets may be transported, provided that they are all the same species and that the maximum size and weight limits are not exceeded.
  • Maximum weight: cannot exceed 8kg (including carrier).
  • Carrier restrictions: 55x35x25 cm
  • Fare for Mainland, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands: 27 USD
  • Fare for Europe and Africa: 55 USD
  • Fare for Inter Canary / Balearic Routes: 10.4 USD

Additional Information

  • The maximum capacity for pets in the aircraft must be respected, which is dependant on its characteristics. For PETC it is always the number of containers that counts and not the number of animals.
  • Small rabbits are only permitted on short and medium haul flights.
  • Rabbits must be at least 3 months old to fly on medium haul flights.
  • On flights operated by ATR aircraft, the weight cannot exceed 6kg (pet + container).

Check the Air Europa website for more information.

Air Alaska’s Rabbit Policies & Prices

  • Maximum number of rabbits allowed: Up to 2 pets of the same species and similar size may travel in the same carrier, provided no body parts protrude from the carrier and the animals are not in distress.
  • Maximum weight: N/A
  • Carrier restrictions: 17″x11″x9.5″ for soft sided carriers and 17″x11″x7.5″ for hard-sided carriers.
  • Cost: 100 USD

Additional Information

  • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer.
  • The main cabin can accommodate a total of up to five pet carriers per flight.
  • Rabbits must stay in their travel container with the door/flap secured at all times in the boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), Alaska Lounge, and while onboard the aircraft. They must be stowed under the seat during taxi, takeoff, and landing.
  • A customer may travel with a maximum of 2 pet carriers in the main cabin, only when the adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer.
  • A health certificate is not required for rabbits traveling in the cabin with their passenger; however, many states have specific importation health and vaccination requirements. Contact the state veterinarian at your destination prior to travel to determine necessary documentation (such as health and cold-weather acclimation certificates) and vaccination requirements. 

For more information, check the Air Alaska website.

Finnair’s Rabbit Policies & Prices

  • Maximum number of rabbits allowed: 2 adult rabbits are allowed in the same carrier, or three rabbits under the age 6 months from the same litter.
  • Maximum weight: cannot exceed 8kg (including carrier).
  • Carrier restrictions: 55x40x20 cm for soft sided carriers and 35x30x20 cm for hard-sided carriers.
  • Cost for short haul: 40 EUR / 45 USD (approx.)
  • Cost for long haul: 100 USD

Additional Information

  • You may not carry a pet in the cabin if you are travelling in Business Class on an intercontinental flight, as there is no room under the reclining seats.
  • Your rabbit must travels in its own pet carrier or box that is placed under the seat in front of you. The pet needs to stay in the carrier or box throughout the journey from the departure gate to the arrival terminal at your destination.
  • A soft pet carrier is the most convenient choice, as it is flexible enough to fit under the seat in front of you and allows your pet to stand up and lie down comfortably.
  • Please choose an IATA-approved pet carrier or box with a solid bottom. A soft pet carrier should be waterproof and have a breathable mesh at the front.

Check the Finnair website for more information.

Frontier Airline’s Rabbit Policies & Prices

  • Maximum number of rabbits allowed: N/A
  • Maximum weight: N/A
  • Carrier restrictions: 18″x14″x8″
  • Cost for domestic flights: 75 USD
  • Cost for international flight: N/A

Additional Information

  • Rabbits are not permitted on international flights, with exception when flying to/from the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
  • Rabbits are usually only permitted on flights within the US.
  • You may not sit in row one or an exit row when traveling with a rabbit.
  • For safety reasons, your rabbit must remain in the travel container at all times. If your pet is disruptive, it’s up to you to soothe him/her without taking him/her from the pet container.
  • Frontier do not require a health certificate for pets carried in the cabin traveling within the U.S. However, upon arrival, a certificate may be required by the specific state in which you are landing. For clarification, please call your veterinarian or see the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services.

For additional information, check the Frontier Airline’s website.

West Jet’s Rabbit Policies & Prices

  • Maximum number of rabbits allowed: one rabbit permitted per customer.
  • Maximum weight: N/A
  • Carrier restrictions: carriers must be soft sided and within 41×21.5×25.4 cm.
  • Fee for travel within/between Canada and the U.S.: 50 – 59 USD
  • Fee for travel between Canada/U.S. and all destinations outside the U.S.: 100 – 118 USD

Additional Information

  • Pets are not permitted on itineraries which include flights operated by our code-share and interline partners.
  • Please view general entrance requirements for guests travelling with pets for more information. Entrance and documentation requirements are subject to change and may vary depending on your destination, the animal’s breed and the type of animal travelling (e.g. a pet and a rescue animal can have different requirements).
  • Pets that are younger than eight weeks old will not be accepted for transport.
  • Pets travelling in the cabin must remain in the kennel and be stored under the seat in front of you at all times. If you remove your pet from its kennel while on board, you may be banned from travelling with your pet in the cabin on future WestJet flights.

Check the West Jet website for further information.


What rabbit carrier should I use?

The cage that you buy depends on which airline you and your rabbit are planning on flying with.

Additionally, it depends on whether your rabbit is flying in the cabin or cargo.

RABBIT CAGES IN CABIN

Generally, if you rabbit is travelling in the cabin with you, airlines require that cages are small enough to fit under the seat in front of their owners.

Your rabbit travel cage must be spacious enough to allow him/her to stand up, turn around and sit up comfortably. Additionally, there must be room for a water dish, a food dish, and a pillow or blanket.

If your cage is too large to fit under the seat in front of you, then you have two options:

  1. Fly your rabbit in cargo instead
  2. Ask your airline if you are able to purchase a seat next to you for your rabbit (not all airlines will allow this)

RABBIT CAGES FOR CARGO

Just like if you were flying in the cabin, your rabbit’s container must be spacious enough to allow him/her to stand up, turn around and sit up comfortably.

However, it should not be too large that he/she risks getting thrown around if you experience any air turbulence.

Top tip – Get in contact with your airline to ask them about their crate requirements. All of the airline’s requirements are not always found on their websites.

Popular Rabbit Carriers – Cabin Approved

POPULAR RABBIT TRAVEL CARRIERS

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Beeztees Hard-Sided Skykennel Number 2 Check Price
Petmate 2 Door Top Load Carrier Check Price
AmazonBasics Two-Door Top-Load Pet Kennel

Tips for keeping rabbit calm while traveling

The following are 8 easy ways to keep a rabbit calm while travelling:

  1. Use a secure, private travel carrier for your bunny.
  2. Re-create the calm feeling of being inside a rabbit hole.
  3. Put your rabbit’s favourite blanket or toy in the travel carrier.
  4. Get your rabbit familiar with its travel home.
  5. Do some short practise runs.
  6. Talk softly to calm your bunny while travelling.
  7. Do not take your rabbit out of their travel carrier.
  8. Put bonded rabbits in the same travel carrier.

For more details on keeping rabbits calm while traveling, check 8 Easy Ways to Keep a Rabbit Calm While Travelling.


Tips for preparing on the day of flight

a) Pack food and water.

Before your flight, give your rabbit an opportunity to eat and drink.

Popping some hay in their travel cage is recommended, so that you rabbit has a snack if he/she does want to eat.

Hay and fresh greens may be prohibited if traveling internationally, or to agriculture protected areas such as Hawaii.
Top tip – pack extra food in case the flight is delayed.

b) Arrive at the airport early.

Aim to arrive at least 2 hours early. Some airports or airlines may require you to arrive even earlier, so check beforehand.

When you check in at your ticket counter, mention that you have a rabbit joining you.

They will ask to see your rabbit’s health certificate and receipt of reservation. Hold onto these as you may need to present these again to airport or airline staff when going through security or boarding the plane.

If your rabbit is flying in the cargo, stay with him/her as long as possible. This will relieve stress for both you and your rabbit.

For more details on flying with a rabbit, check Can I Take My Rabbit on a Plane? [Yes! Here’s How]


Conclusion

Flying with your rabbit in the cabin is possible when flying with the airlines listed above.

Please note that airlines often have different rules for different aircrafts, routes and destination countries. Additionally, most airlines have a restriction on the number of pets they allow per aircraft, so make sure you check availability before booking.

Make sure you double check individual airline policies before booking as these can change.

Hope you have found this helpful.

For information on how to keep a rabbit calm while travelling check 8 Easy Ways to Keep a Rabbit Calm While Travelling.

Happy travels!

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