Animals in the Hold (Cargo)

Pets that travel unaccompanied or that do not meet the standards for carriage in the aircraft cabin or excess baggage requirements must be carried as Cargo in the hold.

Container-requirements for transporting animals in the holds

  • The transport container must be large enough for the animal to stand in its natural position, to turn around and to lie down.
  • There must be a gap at least 5cm from the top of the head or tip of the ear (whichever is higher) to the top of the crate when the pet is sitting or standing in a natural position
  • The transport container must be designed to be leakproof, lined with absorbent material and include a pet pad.
  • The container must be suitable to keep the animal inside at all times. We recommend sturdy plastic or wood containers made from the harmless and non-toxic material. Wire-mesh cages are not allowed.
  • The container must be strong enough to protect your pet during transport, be secure enough to contain it and must have ventilation holes on at least three sides.
  • To prevent the animal from injuring itself, the interior of the container must not have any sharp corners, edges or nails.
  • Your pet's nose and paws should not be able to fit through any ventilation opening or door mesh.
  • Do not include any hard toys or objects that could bounce around and injure your pet
  • If the container has castors or wheels, these must be removed.
  • Water bowls (empty) must be attached to the inside of the container accessible from outside. The material must be harmless and non-toxic.
  • The owner must have all necessary documentations and book ready for inspection at the check-in. (i.e ID microchip, Pet Passport, anti-rabies vaccination etc)
  • Practically, the animal must be minimum 105 days old in order to be accepted for transportation.
  • Animals that have been sedated will not be accepted


Kindly check below a typical example of a suitable container for air transport


For details and more information please contact our Cargo Partners

Cyprus tel: 00357 22 008300

UK tel: 0044 (0) 203 432 7828




Please see below for Certain breeds that are forbidden for transport:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature Bull Terriers are not considered fighting dogs)
  • American Bulldog
  • Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog)
  • Dogo Argentino Karabash (Kangal Dog) (Anatolian Shepherd Dog)
  • Rottweiler


Snub –Nosed Animals

Snub-nosed dogs and cats are not hot-weather animals and have difficulty in regulating a normal body temperature in hot weather; therefore, these animals are very sensitive to heat and suffer of respiratory and breeding problems.

These respiratory problems can be increased under high-stress situations.

As a precaution, Cobalt will not accept them as checked baggage or as air cargo due to their inability to breathe easily and cool themselves down.

Certain snub-nosed breeds may be allowed for Pet in Cabin transportation, if they meet the criteria. Please refer to Cobalt Air call center for more details.

The following embargo list of brachycephalic dog/cat breeds is applicable on Cobalt Flights:

Affenpinscher, American Bully, American Staffordshire Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer (All breeds), Brussels Griffon, Bulldog (All breeds), Cane Corso, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, English Toy Spaniel, Japanese Chin, Lhasa Apso, Mastiff (All breeds), Pekingese, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Pug (All breeds), Shar Pei, Shih Tzu, Staffordshire Terrier, Tibetan Spaniel

Burmese, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian




1. A maximum of two adult animals of comparable size up to 14 kg each, that are compatible, may be shipped in the same container. Animals over that weight must travel individually.

2. Animals up to six months old from the same litter, up to 14 kg each, up to a maximum quantity of three, may be shipped in the same container/compartment.

(source: IATA - Live Animal Regulations)