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.  KLM 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 Dorothy on September 29, 2018 at 3:44 am

I am very upset as I choose to fly KLM because of the pet hotel service in Amsterdam, and this will be my first layover, however, since one connection from Amsterdam to USA is not an actual KLM flight, but a KLM "Operated by Delta" flight, they will not Allow my pet to be in the Pet Hotel. They do not tell you that when you look at their KLM.com flying with pets information! I would/should have gone with another airline. Very upset and disappointed and especially when on telephone for over 30 minutes to even find out this information. Then she tells me I need to call Delta and if they Accept my cat in Cargo then to Call KLM back and then they will see if they Can accept her to Amsterdam
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 1, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Hi Dorothy! Thanks for sharing your experience with other pet owners. In our experience, airlines do not allow pets to travel on code-shared flights because the aircraft is one carrier and the staff belong to a different airline. I'm sorry you found out this information so late from the airlines. If we can assist in the future, please let us know!
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By Dana on August 28, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Hi, I'm traveling with my two cats to Amsterdam. Do I need to have a cat carrier that has both sides joined by a blot? I'm seeing lots of IATA approved carriers with just a clip to join them. Thank you in advance!
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By Jenny Dron on August 13, 2018 at 2:38 am

Hello. We are wanting to move our two great Danes and German shepherd from Cambodia..most likely a flight from Bangkok to Panama. I understand they will probably have to fly in cargo. Can KLM help so that we can be on the same flight and do they provide transportation kennels for dogs this size?
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By Sandra McKenzie Vass Keogh on July 7, 2018 at 1:55 pm

Hi. I am wondering can i fly from Ireland to spain with my dog under 6 kg in the cabin.
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By Christina at PetRelocation on July 10, 2018 at 11:53 am

Hi Sandra!

Thanks for your question. To bring a dog into Spain, you will need to meet these requirements. For questions related to in-cabin regulations, it will depend on the airline you choose. Take a look at our comprehensive booking guide for more detailed information on several pet-friendly airlines. Hope this helps!
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By Kieran on June 20, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Hi, I am flying from Malaga, Spain in July to Dublin, Ireland. I have two cats. Can I travel with them in the cabin of the aircraft?
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 22, 2018 at 9:56 am

Hi Kieran! The country of Ireland requires all pets arrive as "unaccompanied" in the cargo hold of the plane, they cannot arrive in-cabin. Cargo is perfectly safe as long as your cats are healthy and you are choosing an airline with pet-safe regulations, such as KLM. For additional requirements about importing pets to Ireland, please check out the requirements here. Hope this helps!
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By Emotional support dogs on June 17, 2018 at 9:58 pm

Will my emotional support dog be allowed to fly in cabin with me into South Africa?
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 18, 2018 at 10:17 am

Hello & thanks for your question! South Africa requires that all pets arrive into the country as manifest cargo. Transport as excess baggage or in-cabin is not permitted. Feel free to review the requirements for moving pets to South Africa here and if we can be of assistance, please let us know!
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By Cynthia Stella on June 15, 2018 at 12:00 am

I am trying to bring a puppy I am buying in England to my home in Costa Rica without having to put him in the hold. If I fly from London on KLM to Amsterdam, for the first leg of the trip, can the puppy fly in the cabin? (Under 13 Lbs and in correct carrier.). British Airways does not allow it and I see that KLM does not allow it on flights to England. But what about FROM England to Holland? Thanks for clarifying this. Cynthia
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on June 18, 2018 at 10:21 am

Hi Cynthia! The reason in-cabin travel for pets is not permitted into London is because the UK requires all pets to arrive as manifest cargo. Travel as excess baggage or in-cabin is not permitted for pets entering the UK. From a country import perspective, generally in-cabin travel is ok for pets arriving into Amsterdam, but you'd want to check with the KLM booking office on specific requirements. Here are the requirements for importing pets to Holland and Costa Rica. Hope this helps!
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By Alice Edwards on March 15, 2018 at 5:48 am

We are hoping to travel to Cyprus from Manchester later this year with our two tiny Yorkshire Terriers. Both of them together weigh less than 8 kilos. Could you advise me if you would carry them to and from Cyprus in the cabin? Regards.
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