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 Lisa on May 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm

I have a pug, looking for a price man to amsterdam for in cabin travel. Thanks
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on June 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

Hi Lisa, We arrange pet travel services for pets flying via cargo. If you're interested in exploring this option, please contact us here: https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange. We advise contacting the airline directly if you'd like to find out more about your in-cabin options. Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of assistance.
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By Dr.C. Archer on June 13, 2017 at 3:23 am

I want to take a cat from Bucharest to South Africa with me same fly.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on June 13, 2017 at 8:41 am

Hello and thank you for your comment! To start, here is a look at the pet import requirements for South Africa: http://www.daff.gov.za/daffweb3/Branches/Agricultural-Production-Health-Food-Safety/Animal-Health/importexport. Your cat can likely be on the same flight as you, but the regulations state that pets can only arrive via cargo (not in cabin). If you'd like some assistance with your move, please contact us here to set up a consultation: https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange. Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can be of service.
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By Daniel Naatehn on July 6, 2017 at 8:59 am

I will be traveling with two pets( dogs) age 10 weeks plus to Monrovia, Liberia west Africa. My flight is on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, flight no. KL 872. Please advise what I need to do to enable me travel with my pets. Thanks Daniel Naatehn
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on July 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

Hi Daniel, thanks for your question.

First, you'll want to double check the pet import requirements with the government of Liberia and also consult with the airline you'll be flying with to find out what they require when it comes to pets.

If you find that you might like some help, we recommend using IPATA.org to find a reputable local pet shipper who may be able to assist you.

Finally, here are a few tips and best practices for flying with dogs. Hope this helps! Good luck with everything and happy traveling.


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By Neelofar on July 17, 2017 at 11:56 pm

Hi Iam going to buy a Tibetan spaniel from Denmark ,Honour bring that dog to me from Aalborg to Amsterdam,I need to buy a return ticket for her and my new dog how I book and then after two days we move to My home country what I need the document from Amsterdam to Pakistan by Turkish Airline
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on July 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

Hi Neelofar, thanks for reaching out. There are many variables at play in the situation you've described, so we'd recommend checking out this 'Getting Started' pet transport resource and then filling out our consultation form if you're interested in hiring our services. We also have a great search tool on our blog, so feel free to look for the topics you're interested in learning more about.

Thanks again and just let us know if we can be of service!


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