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Growing Number of Pets Taking to the Skies

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SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Korea Bizwire)A new era is opening up for pets to fly on airplanes just like humans.

Animal transport on Air Busan Co. and Jeju Air Co. last year jumped by 35 percent and 30 percent, respectively, maintaining a similar level of increase this year.

“With active promotion by airlines, people are starting to understand that transporting animals when they fly isn’t a difficult task anymore,” an industry source said.

Currently, the animals allowed to board airplanes are cats, dogs and pet birds. Considering safety, pets are only allowed to fly if they are fully grown.

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Animals lighter than 7 kilograms can board with their owners as long as they are in cages. Those heavier than 7 kilograms are either not allowed to board or must travel in the cargo hold.

A fee of between 10,000-30,000 won (US$8.41-25.24) is imposed for pets. In principle, the pet and its owner should board together, and a separate seat cannot be reserved for animals.

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