What is AVIH in aviation?

Many specialized terms are used in day-to-day operations in the aviation environment. These terms are fairly easy and familiar words for people who use them every day. However, some of these terms are not used very often and are not well known.

Not only people are transported by planes every day. Airplanes are used for a wide variety of reasons such as cargo supplies, funerals, patients, live animals, and more. The transportation of live animals on the plane is an extremely important and critical issue.

Some live animals, especially pets, can travel in the cabin of an airplane with their owners. This is also related to the policies of the airline company. However, in some cases, live animals cannot be transported in the cabin. In such cases, live animals may be transported in the hold.

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Here the term AVIH is used for live animals that cannot be transported in the cabin and are transported in the hold.

The term AVIH is an abbreviation of “Animal Vivant in Hold”.

Carrying Live Animals

However, as we mentioned above, company policies can be decisive in transporting live animals. The following statement shared by LATAM airlines on their website is a good example.

“LATAM allows the transport of dogs and cats in the aircraft hold (AVIH) when associated with a passenger.

• Service is suspended until further notice on the following routes: … “

Another example is as follows;

“With Cabo Verde Airlines pets can travel with maximum safety and comfort, in the cabin (dogs and cats) or in the hold according to weight and dimensions. The reservation for transporting animals can be made in advance.”

In addition, IATA (International Air Transport Association) also touched on the transportation of live animals. Their vision on this matter are as follows; “Animals have been transported by air since the early 1930’s. In today’s modern world, carriage of live animals by air is considered the most humane and expedient method of transportation over long distances.”