Northwest Airlines today announced that its application to transport pets to the United Kingdom under that country’s Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) has been approved. Pets entering the U.K. on Northwest flights will not be subject to the usual six-month quarantine period.
“This has been a major issue for many customers relocating to the U.K. in recent years,” said Robert Isom, senior vice president of customer service. “Northwest is pleased to serve pet owners by helping to exempt their animals from the lengthy quarantine.”
Animals from non-qualifying countries or those not meeting all PETS requirements must spend six months in quarantine. Since animals may only enter the U.K. as manifested cargo, Northwest will handle their transport on regular Northwest flights. Northwest is one of only two U.S. carriers to be approved under the PETS program and offers daily nonstop flights to London’s Gatwick Airport from its hubs in Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
For more information on transporting pets on Northwest, customers can visit www.nwa.com/services/shipping/cargo/products/ppet.shtml. For details on the PETS program, connect to www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/pets/index.htm.
Northwest Airlines is the world`s fourth largest airline with hubs at Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, Tokyo and Amsterdam, and approximately 1,500 daily departures. With its travel partners, Northwest serves nearly 750 cities in almost 120 countries on six continents. In 2002, consumers from throughout the world recognized Northwest’s efforts to make travel easier. A 2002 J.D. Power and Associates study ranked airports at Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul, home to Northwest’s two largest hubs, tied for second place among large domestic airports in overall customer satisfaction. Readers of TTG Asia and TTG China named Northwest “Best North American airline.”