WestJet and Air Canada say no to pets on holiday flights

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If you were planning on bringing your four-legged family members on your holiday trip this winter, you might need to think again. WestJet and Air Canada have banned pets on all holiday flights.

Beginning December 15, no animals will be allowed on the airlines until January. Air Canada’s website states “due to increased passenger and cargo loads during the peak winter travel period, no pets are accepted as checked baggage or cargo.”

“Air Canada Cargo will accept animals during this time on direct international flights only,” the airline adds as an exception to the ban. The Air Canada ban will last from December 15 to January 12.

WestJet will not allow any pets on board or as cargo between December 15 and January 6 and there will be imposed limits on number of pets allowed on flights between December 11 and 14.

“There is limited room due to heavy holiday travel, which can pose a significant health risk for your pet,” WestJet’s website states.

This news comes just weeks after WestJet and Air Canada both announced they would start charging $25 to $29.50 for the first-checked bag.

Featured Image: Air Canada via Shutterstock

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