Cincinnati Airport Service Animal Policies

Assistance animals are welcome to travel with passengers who have disabilities. Certain exemptions are provided to these animals, but some rules and restrictions still apply. To determine if your dog qualifies to be certified as a Psychiatric Service Dog and can be accepted as such for air travel, you can visit Pettable’s PSD service.

Cincinnati Airport Pet Relief Areas

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport pet policy is to maintain two pet relief areas for passengers and their furry travel companions. One of them is outside security on the Baggage Claim level near the Ground Transportation Center. The indoor area is located on Concourse A, near gate A18. Passengers who are inside the airport but choose to use the outdoor location will be required to return through security.

While the CVG airport information about animal relief areas is published as part of the airport’s service animal policies, most pets traveling through the airport are also permitted to use these relief areas.

CVG Airport Pet Policy and Air Cargo

If you’re traveling with a pet as checked baggage, you likely won’t deal with the air cargo facility at all. Instead, you can check pets at the ticketing counter and pick them up at the airline’s excess baggage claim area. It’s when shipping your pet in cargo, that you’ll need to drop them off and pick them up at the airline’s cargo facility.

Nevertheless, the airport’s cargo operations are having an influence many airport operations. Many people, especially those outside the Tristate area, are surprised to learn that CVG is the fastest-growing cargo airport in the U.S. Amazon has been a huge driver of this early growth in cargo and freight volume, as well as a catalyst for ongoing growth. Specifically, the relationship with Amazon has allowed the airport to lower landing fees for other air cargo carriers, thereby making Cincinnati one of the most popular spots for cargo shipping.

Thus, while Delta Airlines is currently the only major airline carrier with an active air cargo location, it will be interesting to see if CVG pet policies are another piece of the puzzle in convincing airlines to invest in their own airport cargo facility locations. In fact, CVG Airport includes the call numbers for several air cargo services that may make stops at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Delta Air Cargo
3306 Kenton Rd.
Hebron, KY 41048
(800) 352-2746

Southwest Air Cargo
(800) 533-1222

United Air Cargo
(859) 767-3762

American Airlines Cargo
(859) 767-3762

More Cincinnati International Airport Pet Policies

Both pets and service animals may use the animal relief areas, but the CVG Airport pet policy requires non-service animals to stay in their carriers while inside the airport. The only exceptions for pets include when using an animal relief station or going through security as directed by the TSA. The pet carrier will go through the X-ray machine but not your furry friend.

Likewise, while service animals will be able to go through the screening lanes that are designated for passengers with disabilities, the Cincinnati Airport pet policy will generally have other animals and their owners go through the regular screening lane.

If you’re flying into Cincinnati as a layover with a pet, it’s good news if you’re using a gate on Concourse A, but you can make it work. And if you have a little extra time between flights, you’ll more than likely want to visit one of the relief areas with your pet.

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