Aeroflot to review pet policy

Aeroflot Russian Airlines is introducing a program of comprehensive changes to its rules and regulations for transporting animals, in an effort to ensure greater comfort and safety for passengers traveling with pets, corporate website reports.

The need to improve procedures stems from growing demand for pet transportation services. On average, Aeroflot transports over 300 animals daily, or more than 120K per year. The program envisions a comprehensive set of changes to the airline’s pet policy, as well as the revision and modernization of the entire pet transportation process, from booking and confirmation to post-flight service.

As part of the program, Aeroflot will create an expert group of specialists from Aeroflot’s own canine unit, as well as experts from the Russian Cynology Federation, representatives of other breeder associations and flight safety experts. Specialists in the field of quarantine and customs control, veterinarians and international aviation experts will also be involved. The group will be tasked with carrying out a multilateral professional examination of innovations in pet transportation and developing a set of recommendations for the airline as well as for airport handling services. All changes will be reviewed for compliance with IATA recommendations as well as international and domestic norms.

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