We love Belgium for its waffles, chocolate and fries. Add airlines to that. Next month, pet-friendly Brussels Airlines begins nonstop service from Washington to Brussels, giving those traveling with a small dog or cat in cabin an alternative now that several other carriers have banned pets in their first and business class cabins due to the lie-flat beds.
Brussels, a terrific destination on its own, is also the perfect gateway to the rest of the European continent. Since last June, Brussels Airlines has offered a daily non-stop service from New York JFK to Brussels. And now, there will be a second U.S. destination. Beginning June 18, you and your petsetter can fly nonstop from Washington Dulles to Brussels five times weekly on Brussels Airlines. Brussels Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, which includes United and US Airways.
United, US Airways, Delta and OpenSkies are among the airlines that don’t allow our family members in their premium cabins. I received an email today from Brussels Airlines confirming that pets can fly in its upper class cabins.
“I can confirm to you that Brussels Airlines allows pets (up to 8 kg) in business class cabin. We even have certain business class seats allocated for passengers travelling with a pet so that they can travel in the most comfortable way. We have in business class a configuration with single seats (nobody seated next to you) and double seats (passenger seated next to you).”
Here’s what else you need to know.
Brussels Airlines pet policy
- Small domestic animals, such as dogs and cats (sorry, no hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs or fish)
- Must weigh, including carrier, no more than 8 kg (17.6 lbs.)
- Pug-nosed dogs and cats (breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs, Boxers, Pekingese and all cross-breed dogs as well as Himalaya, Persian and Exotic Shorthair cats) are not allowed on board
- No pets in cabin on its flights to the United Kingdom, except service animals are accepted to/from Birmingham
- Animals into and out of Kenya, may be transported by cargo only.
- The international fee is 70€ one way.
- Space is subject to availability and you must pre-notify the airline at the time of reservation.
For more on Brussels Airlines’ pet policy.
Brussels Airlines cabin classes
The long-haul flights offer Business and Economy class. In Business Class, you will enjoy the best-in-class experience, including a premium fully-horizontal flatbed of 1.97 m equipped with a pneumatic cushion adjustable to your preference. You will also enjoy our Brussels Airlines’ new revolutionary on-demand entertainment system displayed on a 15.3″ personal screen.
In economy, the new Italian-designed stylish and ergonomic seats with adjustable headrest offer generous legroom and seat comfort. You will also enjoy access to your own Personal TV with a 8.9″ touchscreen monitor equipped with a USB port.
The flight from Dulles departs late afternoon, allowing you to enjoy a full day in Brussels. Stroll around the Old Town and visit the magnificent Grand Place or the glass roofed Saint-Hubert Galleries. Have your photo taken with the city’s famous mascot, the Manneken Pis, then discover the European institutions that make Brussels the capital of Europe. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the top sphere of the iconic Atomium. Our good friends fighting to Allow Pets on Eurostar also informed us that in addition to Manneken Pis and Jeanneke Pis, there is Zinneke Pis, a bronze statue of a dog pissing. Located at the corner of rue des Chartreux and rue du Vieux-Marché, Zinneke Pis makes for a great photo op with your petsetter.
In addition to the three peeing statue in Brussels, you’ll find a bevy of pet-friendly hotels, including Hotel Metropole, Sofitel Brussels Europe, Sofitel Brussels le Louise, Steigenberger Grandhotel, formerly the Conrad Brussels and Be Manos Hotel, ideally located next to Thalys and Eurostar Terminal.
The departure time out of Dulles also allows for a smooth connection to other international destinations. Brussels Airlines connects Brussels Airport to 46 European destinations this summer season.
A new addition to the summer schedule is Edinburgh. The scheduled service to the Scottish capital was launched this winter and is now being expanded with an extra frequency. In total 12 weekly flights are planned for the summer.
The airline also is investing heavily in its popular Italy offerings. After an interruption of two years, Palermo is again added to the summer timetable, with two weekly direct flights. Catania will be flown three times weekly from now on. The flight frequency to Linate, Milan’s city airport, is being increased with an extra evening and morning flight. In total 18 flights will be operated between Linate and Brussels this summer season. There’s also good news for those looking to fly to Venice. With three extra flight frequencies, the city will be served 17 times per week. Extra flights to Naples are also scheduled this summer and Florence and Lamezia Terme are back on the network after the winter break.
The flight offer to other summer vacation destinations will also increase. Passengers travelling to the Costa del Sol or Andalusia can choose from 17 instead of 14 flights per week to Malaga. Faro, the entry port to the popular Algarve region, will be served five times per week instead of four. The number of flights to the Hungarian capital Budapest will be slightly increased.
Warsaw and Krakow have disappeared from the summer timetable compared to last summer season. In the mid haul offer, the weekly flights to Tel Aviv will be increased during the peak period of the summer season.
Brussels Airlines offers so many destinations that can help make for a furrbulous petcation.
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