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Republic Airlines: Pet Policy

What methods of transport does Midwest Airlines provide for my pet?

  • Travel in the passenger cabin.
  • Checked as baggage in pressurized and temperature controlled area of your aircraft.
  • Shipped as cargo in pressurized and temperature controlled area.

Does my pet qualify for travel in the passenger cabin?

Pets that meet the following qualifications can travel in the passenger cabin:

  • Your pet can comfortably remain in its kennel, under the seat for the entire flight.
  • Only domesticated dogs are allowed.
  • Animals must be at least 8 weeks old.
  • The kennel is specifically made for animal carriage and does not exceed 18in x 11in x 11in in its dimensions.
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents (see below for more information).

Does my pet qualify for travel as checked baggage?

Pets that meet the following qualifications can travel as checked baggage:

  • Only domesticated dogs and cats are allowed.
  • Your pet can comfortably remain in its kennel for the entire flight.
  • The kennel meets all requirements (see below for more information).
  • Your pet has all necessary health documents required by your destination (see below for more information).

Does my pet qualify to be shipped as cargo?

If your pet does not meet the requirements for travel in the cabin or as checked baggage, or you would like your pet to travel unaccompanied, contact Midwest Airlines Cargo at 800-892-6580, extension 5 for more information.

What are the fees associated with pet transport?

  • Fee for animal in the passenger cabin: $100 one way
  • Fee for animal checked as baggage: $75 one way
  • Fee for animal shipped as cargo: $130-320 one way depending on kennel size and weight. Midwest Cargo will be able to provide more information.

What are the kennel requirements?

In addition to the size and weight maximums, the USDA and Midwest Airlines require that kennels meet the following requirements:

  • Be leak-proof and escape-proof.
  • Be properly ventilated, but not allow any part of the animal from protruding outside of the container.
  • Provide enough room for the animal to stand and turn around.
  • Be made of metal, wood, or a hard plastic/composite.
  • Contain absorbent material or litter.
  • Have functional handles on the kennel's exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
  • Be closed securely, but not locked.
  • Have labels with the words "Live Animal" in letters at least 1-inch tall on the crate's top and on at least one side.
  • Have upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct position.

What health documentation is required?

If your animal is traveling in the cabin or as checked baggage, a health certificate, issued from a licensed veterinarian, within 10 days of the day of departure from the originating city is required. The certificate must be valid through return of trip or new certificate will be necessary. A rabies certificate may also be required. Some states require additional health documents. Passengers should consult their veterinarian and the Department of Agriculture to ensure that their animal will comply with all requirements.

Are there any other restrictions?

Midwest Airlines can refuse to transport an animal due to illness, aggressive behavior, poor kenneling, or extreme temperatures at origin, transfer, or destination airports.

Stricter regulations for short-nosed dogs and cats will apply.



Please contact the airline directly for information about traveling with a service animal.

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