Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby purewater » 26 Aug 2011, 12:53

I'm going to fly from Taipei to Ireland in a couple of months, and need to book the ticket fast. I'll probably be flying Cathay Pacific and Swiss Air.
For animals entering the UK or Ireland, they have to go as FREIGHT, not cargo, but I'm not sure how this changes things.
Before I book the ticket, I called Cathay Pacific to see how much this costs etc, and they couldn't give me any details. They said to ask my travel agent who the Cargo Agent is, and the travel agent hasn't gotten back to me because she doesn't seem to know either.
So can anyone please help me figure out WHO exactly do I contact?
Please, and Thank You!
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby Belgian Pie » 26 Aug 2011, 15:52

Flying Cathay will be a pain ... you have to change planes in HK and then Switzerland ... think about your dog.

A better solution might be a direct flight with China Airlines to London or Amsterdam ... than change to Dublin.

China airlines has a stopover of just 1 hour or so in Bangkok.
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby purewater » 26 Aug 2011, 22:35

Yes, I have realised this - I emailed my travel agent and asked her to look into this.

Amazingly, the ticket comes to about three times the price when I check China Airlines online! (94000 NT)
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby cake » 27 Aug 2011, 14:34

I am sure Cathay fly direct to London from HK.
I am under the impression that you can not use China Air to transport pets to the UK (also Bangkok would not be allowed in transit as Thailand is not in the pet passport scheme?).
The DEFRA website claims you can only use Cathay Pacific and KLM CARGO to transport to the UK.

Unfortunately people who have gone through this procedure (recently) don't share their experiences with us. And if they did, it is difficult to find as exporting pets out of Taiwan isn't important enough to be deemed a sticky.
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby Belgian Pie » 27 Aug 2011, 15:19

KLM has a few flights a week from Taiwan, through HK ... to Amsterdam.

Ireland is not the UK ... London is transit only ...

You never buy online tickets directly from an airline ... overpriced

It's about not to have to change planes ... or as less as possible, handling animals in cages scares them ...
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby Belgian Pie » 27 Aug 2011, 15:24

Maybe you can try flying cargo with Cargolux ... than from Luxemburg to Ireland on a European domestic flight ...

http://www.cargolux.com/Customers/Sched ... p?module=4

http://www.cargolux.com/Customers/Netwo ... tyname=208

Just an idea ...

I know that they did carry a few passengers on cargo flights ... no inflight services tho ... maybe they still do
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby Belgian Pie » 27 Aug 2011, 15:29

Basically flying from Taipei to Amsterdam with pets is very easy, just basic documents and no quarantine ... but from Amsterdam to UK, Ireland I have no clue about quarantine.
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby purewater » 28 Aug 2011, 00:54

The dog will have all documentation in order, so she won't have to stay in quarantine in Ireland, but she will be picked up by a kennel, as she will be carried as Freight so I wouldn't be able to collect her myself anyway.

Do any of you have any guesses as to how much it might cost for the dog to travel? I'm really in the dark about what the price might be. Have any posters before mentioned the cost of flying with a dog (she's a medium sized dog, 13kg)?
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby monokuro » 28 Aug 2011, 15:23

A dog on KLM will cost 200USD - however, it does say on their site if you are going to the UK or Ireland, you need to send it separately using KLM-Cargo.

https://www.klm.com/travel/tw_en/prepar ... /index.htm
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Re: Cargo Agent/Cathay Pacific Help Needed

Postby Belgian Pie » 28 Aug 2011, 15:37

There are two links to Cargolux ... call the Taiwan office ...
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