BAWC to transport pets unaccompanied

BRITISH Airways World Cargo is now offering customers the opportunity to send their dogs, cats or ferrets unaccompanied from approved non-European origins into London Gatwick, giving them more choice and flexibility in the transportation of domestic pets.

The carrier has been working with the animal health division of Defra to gain approval for dogs, cats and ferrets, travelling under the Pets Travel Scheme (PTS), to be cleared at the LGW animal reception centre (ARC), without the need for owners to be travelling on the same flight.

These unaccompanied pets can now be accepted at the ARC for veterinary inspection on weekdays between 07.30 and 17.00. BAWC staff will collect all pets at the point of landing, progress them through the ordinary channels required under the PTS, and then deliver them to the ARC where they will be kept until their owners collect them.

Neil Harvey, product manager, said: “We are pleased to offer this new service at Gatwick, providing customers with alternative options for their own and their animals travel arrangements. Our customers can be assured that trained staff will look after their pets whilst they complete their own journey, and that they can collect them from the ARC.”

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