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 Audrey Fisk on October 24, 2017 at 8:40 am

can you fly a pet from dubai to houston texas? as cargo?
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on October 24, 2017 at 1:10 pm

Hi Audrey!

You can absolutely fly a pet from Dubai to Houston as cargo -- that's how we do it! If you'd like to read the import requirements for pets for the United States, you can take a look here.

On the other hand, if you'd like some help with your pet's upcoming move, please reach out to us here. One of our experts would be happy to cover the process, our service options, and pricing with you.

We hope to hear from you soon!
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By Dr S May on October 11, 2017 at 4:46 pm

What is the cost of taking my 20kg Labrador from London to Corfu or from Schipol to Corfu?Many thanksStephen May
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on October 16, 2017 at 10:38 am

Hi and thanks for the question!

If you are looking for the specific airfreight costs for your Labrador to travel with KLM, we recommend reaching out directly to them for this.

However, if you are interested in hiring our services to help with your move, please fill out our online form here to ensure we have all of the necessary information to best advise you on your move.

We hope to hear from you again soon!
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By Mike Varey on October 4, 2017 at 6:22 am

Hi, are there any flights that I can take my dog to the UK from Malaga? He would have to go in the hold in his pet carrier box which is 81 x 56 x 58.
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on October 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Hello Mike, thanks for the question!

When we move pets internationally from and to Spain, we mainy go through the airport in Madrid. This is because we know Madrid offers pet-friendly accomodations whereas other smaller airports, like Malaga, may not.

However, we have had people look into flying their pet from Malaga with Lufthansa so we would recommend looking into this option for your dog if you are unable to travel to Madrid first.

We hope this helps, Mike!
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By Loredana Pop on September 15, 2017 at 9:37 am

Hello, I am moving to USA and I need to bring my yorkshire terrier with me and I want to know if I can bring him with me in the cabin on the flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. He is 3 years old and has 4 kilograms.
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on September 15, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Hi Loredana!

Yes, as mentioned in the blog above, if your dog weighs under 6 kg (13 lbs) with his carrier he is allowed to travel in-cabin. Keep in mind you will still need to meet the US import requirements for pets. Here's a link to help guide you on this.

Good luck with everything and let us know if you need anything else!
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By Bridget Curley on September 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm

Can I travel in cabin with small dog under 8kg from Dublin Ireland to Malaga Spain? with. KLM. she has all vaccinations and paperwork will there be a problem when I go to connecting flight? Thank you Bridget Curley
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on September 11, 2017 at 10:02 am

Hello Bridget,

Thank you for reaching out! As mentioned in the post above, KLM only allows small cats and dogs up to 6 kg (13 lbs) including their carrier to travel in the cabin. Therefore, your dog will need to either travel as "accompanied luggage" or unaccompanied cargo.

For more information on how the transit will work with "accompanied luggage," it is best to reach out directly to KLM. However, if you are interested in having your dog travel as unaccompanied cargo, we would be more than happy to guide you through this process.

Please feel free to give us a call at 1-877-Pet-Move (738-6683) or fill out our online consultation form and one of our consultants will be happy to speak with you.
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By Gary on September 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

Would I be able to have my small Jack Russell Terrier travel with me transatlantic from either UK or Amsterdam to Houston Texas in the USA? Is there a maximum weight she needs to be under? Thanks for info.
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on September 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

Hello Gary,

Thanks for reaching out to us! The weight restrictions mentioned above only apply if pets are traveling with KLM in-cabin or as "accompanied luggage."

If you are interested in booking your dog as cargo, we would be happy to assist with your move! Feel free to call our office at 1-877-PET-MOVE or you can fill out our online consultation form here.
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By Jamil willems on September 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

Hello, we are thinking about booking our mini dog on KLM for his relocation from Abu Dhabi to Aruba. I want to know the important informations as soon as possible , how much will it cost etc and also the prosedure. Whom should I contact? I'll be waiting on your response. Thank you
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on September 5, 2017 at 9:46 am

Hello Jamil,

Thank you for reaching out! As mentioned in our blog above, if you are looking to book directly with KLM please contact their support team here.

If you are looking for further assistance with your dog's move, you can either call our office at 1-877-PET-MOVE or you can fill out our online consultation form here.

Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you!
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By Samantha on August 3, 2017 at 2:11 am

Hi I looking at quotes for a Labrador from Uk to Cape Town please.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on August 3, 2017 at 8:30 am

Hi Samantha, thanks for reaching out to us! We'd be happy to tell you more about your options and offer you a price estimate.

To get started, you can either call our office at 1-877-PET-MOVE or you can fill out our online consultation form here. Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you!


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