bmi has added Alicante and Nice to its Pet Travel Scheme network, allowing passengers to travel with their pets on the daily direct services.
The additions take the number of Pet Travel Scheme routes to and from London Heathrow to seven: Alicante, Amsterdam, Brussels, Madrid, Milan (Linate), Nice and Palma.
bmi, the UK`s second largest full service scheduled carrier, was the first UK registered airline to introduce the Pet Travel Scheme in March 2000 and has carried over 2,000 pets since.
Further information is available at www.bmicargo.com or by calling the bmi cargo reservations line on 0870 240 0203.
á The pet travel scheme was launched by the UK government in February 2000 to allow domestic cats and dogs to enter the UK without the need to undergo quarantine. As part of the scheme pets must travel into the UK on an approved route with an approved transport company.
á Dogs and cats will only be issued with an official PETS certificate (or `pet passport`), which allows them to travel to and from participating countries, if they have been micro-chipped and vaccinated against rabies.
á bmi is bound by IATA and Government regulations on the transportation of live animals.Ê Pets must be in an approved cage, which must be big enough for the animal to stand normally, turn round and lie down.Ê Air kennels with the correct amount of ventilation openings for good air circulation are required. The container must be labelled with the standard IATA Live Animals Label and This Way Up labels, along with contact and feeding instructions.