Live Animals

To avoid the risk of discomfort, or even injury of live animals, North Wright Airways has joined other airlines throughout the world in adopting the container guidelines provided by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

A minimum of 48 hours’ notice must be given to North-Wright Air for the shipment of live animals. The Kennel must be suitable for the animal.

Shipments are sent through priority shipping which is not guaranteed on a flight but is processed as space becomes available being prioritized ahead of General Cargo.


Cats and dogs are the most transported animals, and the type of kennel prescribed for them is the Type 1 Kennel (a rigid container). It may be made of hard plastic, metal, or plywood. The door must be the original door designed for the kennel and must be of metal construction. All hardware for the kennel must be present as if it is not secure, it will not be accepted.  Wire kennels are forbidden.

When planning a route for transporting your animal, the most direct route with the shortest possible layover is important. North Wright Air staff will be careful to ensure a quick as a possible connection to minimize any stress upon your animal. They will also be vigilant regarding weather concerns and unexpected delays that could prohibit the acceptance of the animal.

Shippers are responsible for the cost of kenneling in the event of a delay on route or release (i.e. the consignee fails to show up). North-Wright cannot keep any live animals in any of the facilities.

Additional Tips

  • Your animal(s) should eat a light meal and drink at least two to three hours before departure.
  • Exercise your animal immediately before leaving for the airport.

North Wright Air is not responsible in the event of loss, delay, injury, sickness, or death of any pet or animal accepted for transportation.

For the sake of the safety and comfort of animals, North-Wright Air will not waive any standards.