How to Book a Flight on KLM Airlines for Your Pet

CatBooking your pet's flight correctly is one of the most important parts of your trip.  After all, how else will your pet be able to join you in your new home? 

If you're currently considering all of your options, take a look at this step-by-step guide to booking a flight on KLM Airlines for your pet.

Accompanied Pets

Please Note:

If you are traveling with your pet to Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa or the United Kingdom, please skip this section and proceed to Unaccompanied Pets.

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin.  KLM only allows small cats and dogs up to 6 kg (13 lbs) including their carrier in the cabin.  If you have a dog or cat who weighs under 6 kg (13 lbs) with his carrier, go to step 2. If you have another species of pet, go to step 6.

2) Your pet will need to travel in a hard-shelled kennel no higher than 20 cm or in an animal travel bag (soft-sided) that expands to a maximum of 115 cm (L+W+H).  Your pet will need to be able to stand up comfortably in the carrier while traveling.  If your pet cannot fit comfortably in a carrier or kennel of this size, go to step 4. 

3) Call to Book Your Flight:  To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's KLM Telephone Reservations Line.

When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in cabin.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, KLM requires at least 48 hours advance notice for pets traveling in cabin.  Your pet will also need to fulfill the international pet travel requirements for your destination country (if traveling internationally).

4)  If your dog or cat cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the air-conditioned cargo hold as "Accompanied luggage."  Your pet must be transported in a hard-shelled pet travel crate approved for pets as cargo (see below).  Your pet and kennel combined may not weigh more than 75 kg (165 lbs).  If your pet weighs under 75 kg with his carrier, proceed to step 5.  If your pet weighs more than 75 kg with his carrier, proceed to step 6.

Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo:  Your pet's travel crate will need to be up to IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards.  We sell IATA-approved pet travel crates through our website, which are suitable for domestic and international travel.  Lufthansa also requires pet travel crates to be equipped with a water dish.  We recommend attaching your pet's water dish to the inside of the crate door (see: All About Pet Travel Crates).

5) Call to Book Your Flight:  To make reservations by phone, please contact your country's KLM Telephone Reservations Line.

When you call to book your flight, you will need to notify the person making the reservation that you will be traveling with a pet in the cargo hold as accompanied luggage.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, KLM requires 48 hours advance notice of pets accompanying their owners and traveling in the cargo hold.

Unaccompanied Pets (or Pets Traveling as Cargo)

6) Your pet should be transported as freight by Air France-KLM Cargo if:

  • Your pet and kennel weigh more than 75 kg (165 lbs). 
  • The kennel is larger than 292 cm (115 inches) (l + w + h). On some types of aircraft, the kennel must not be larger than 247 cm (97 inches) (l + w + h).
  •  The pet is travelling to Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa or the United Kingdom. 

For your pet to travel unaccompanied via Air France-KLM Cargo, a cargo account is required and pricing is based off a dimensional or volume weight.  If your pet is going to be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to obtain a quote from a PetRelocation.com Specialist by filling out our online consultation form.

Air France-KLM Pricing Structure for Pets

Accompanied:  For pets traveling within Europe on most AF-KL flights, the pricing per pet is EUR 70.  For all other international flights, the price per pet is EUR 200.

Unaccompanied/Cargo:  The pricing is based on dimensional weight and varies per pet.  Fuel surcharges and other fees also apply.

Note: Please Check with KLM for the most up to date information

Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines

Pet:

Cats, Dogs

Country:

EU

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By Annemiek on August 26, 2010 at 3:37 am

Looking for a price to fly a puppy from the Netherlands to South Africa and details involved
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By andres on August 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

hola, interesado en transporte via cargo de 20 cachorros desde slovakia , barcelona, agradecere precio gracias
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By Dr Phoebe Barnard on May 8, 2017 at 6:42 pm

Hello, we are thinking about booking our dog on KLM for her relocation from Cape Town to Seattle. Does your fee include customs clearance on arrival? Thanks so much. Phoebe (+1 360 914 2307)
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on May 9, 2017 at 8:37 am

Hi Dr. Barnard, Yes, if you were to hire us we would provide assistance before, during and after the move by guiding you through vet visits, booking the flight and clearing customs. If needed, we even arrange transportation to and from the airport. Does this sound like what you're looking for? If so, you can fill out our online consultation form (https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange) or give us a call at 1-877-PET-MOVE. Thanks and we hope to hear from you!
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By Helen on May 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

Can I take 2 cats on a flight from Cape Town to Amsterdam., in the cabin ?? I will fly with another person so we can take one cat each. Then I have to get from Amsterdam to the UK,will that be as freight ?
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on May 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Hello Helen, Yes, you are able to book two cats (if they're under 13 lbs. each) in cabin with KLM to Amsterdam (with a friend traveling with you). You are also correct in that the United Kingdom requires all imported pets to travel as manifest cargo. Also, please keep in mind that when traveling to the EU (the United Kingdom is included in this rule), you must arrive within 5 days of your pet. Hope this helps! If you need more guidance or would like to speak with one of our consultants about your move, you can fill out our online consultation form (https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange). Good luck with everything!
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