Air travel (or any travel for that matter) can be very traumatic for cats. If they are under the 15 lb. weight limit and can fit in a carrier under the seat, at least they can be near you, but those are awfully cramped quarters for a long plane ride. And worse yet, if they are over 15 lbs. they may be forced to travel in cargo, something I would never want to have to do. Well, now there’s another option. Pet Airways is a new pet-only airline launching this summer offering flights to select major U.S. cities.
The travel experience sounds ideal: drop off your pet at a special “pet lounge” before your flight. Pets are loaded into individual, secure pet carriers and placed in the lighted and climate-controlled cabin on a special plane that carries up to 50 pets. Pet attendants are with your pet the entire time — while they wait in the lounge and in the cabin on the plane. At the end of the flight, pets are transferred to another lounge where you pick them up. Attendants remain with your pet until you arrive, even if your flight is delayed.
The service will be offered between New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and Washington D.C. at first and will expand to other cities. The cost is just $149 for a one-way flight for your pet, about equivalent to the cost of taking your pet on a regular flight. I wonder if they will offer a discount for multi-cat travel?
Get more information at www.petairways.com
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