Due to chilly temperatures and increased passenger and cargo
loads expected over the holiday season, Air
Canada winter restrictions are in effect for the transportation of all
pets, including shipments from breeders, kennels and freight forwarders.
Specifically, Air Canada and Jazz are unable to transport
pets within North America as checked baggage or via Air
Canada Cargo from December 15, 2011 to January 12, 2012.
Also note that pets weighing less
than 4.5 kg (10 lb) cannot accepted as checked baggage on any Air Canada
aircraft from November 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012 (or when the temperature is 0
°C or less). Also note that at any time when the temperature is below 7 °C, Air
Canada Cargo may not be able to accommodate animals.
Holiday embargo dates also apply
to pets travelling as checked
baggage via WestJet. WestJet
will not accept animals as checked baggage from December 15, 2011 to January 6,
2012. From December 11 to December 14, 2011, and from January 7 to January 10,
2012 a maximum of two animals will be accepted as checked baggage. Also note that WestJet Cargo is unable to transport pets from December 13, 2011 to January 9, 2011.
As many countries place restrictions on the entry of animals, be sure
to contact the embassy or consulate of your destination country for specific