How to Book a Flight on Lufthansa for Your Pet

Lufthansa PlaneIf you plan to travel with your pets, Lufthansa Airlines allows pets either in the cabin or in the cargo hold of its passenger aircrafts, depending on the pet's weight and size. 

Your pet can also travel unaccompanied via Lufthansa Cargo. Here's how to book a pet flight on Lufthansa.

Accompanied Pets

1)  First you will need to determine whether your species of pet can travel in cabin. Lufthansa only allows dogs and cats in the passenger cabin of their aircraft. If you have a dog or cat, go to step 2. If you have another species of pet, go to step 4.

2) You may take a dog or cat into the cabin if the weight of the animal (including transport container) does not exceed eight kilograms. If your pet and their carrier exceed these weight limits, go to step 4.  

Travel Carrier for In-Cabin Pets:  Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. You may use your own carrier if it has the necessary measurement and is watertight and bite-proof. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight.

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

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, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets traveling in cabin. “Several countries only allow specific types of pets,” says Martin Riecken, Head of Corporate Communications for Lufthansa.  “Passengers will be informed about this during the reservation process.”

4)  If your pet cannot travel in cabin due to size or weight restrictions, or if you have a pet other than a dog or a cat, your pet can travel underneath the plane in the temperature-controlled and pressurized cargo hold. 

Travel Crates for Pets as Cargo:  Your pet's travel crate will need to meet IATA (International Air Transport Association) standards. 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 (learn more about measuring your pet and choosing the right pet travel crate).

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

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.  While you can book your flight up until the last minute, Lufthansa requires 24 hours advance notice of pets accompanying their owners and traveling in the cargo hold.

Lufthansa German Airlines Pricing Structure for Accompanied Pets

As for pricing, the fare for pets is calculated based on the size concept listed below. For more information take a look at Lufthansa's website

lufthansa pricing

Unaccompanied Pets

There is also the option of unaccompanied animals being carried by Lufthansa Cargo, which is primarily how PetRelocation books pets on Lufthansa for international flights. A cargo account is required and pricing is based off a dimensional or volume weight. 

If your pet will be traveling unaccompanied, it is best to set up a pet transport consultation with us. We'd be happy to assist! 

 

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2010 and has been updated with new information.

Author:

PetRelocation Team

Topic:

Air Travel, Airlines

Pet:

Cats, Dogs

Country:

EU

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By Nestor on November 5, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Hi, I am travelling from Kiev(Ukraine) to Quito(Ecuador) and I have to fly from Munich to Colombia with Avianca Airlines mi question is. Can I fly with my pet if I fly with this kind of airline transfer? And I don't have the Schengen visa so I can't go out from the airport Thanks
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Hi Nestor!The rule of thumb is if your pet is changing airlines, then they must clear customs in that transit country. This means that your pets will need to meet the import requirements for pets entering Germany from an unlisted country like Ukraine. Here is a blog post about this type of transit, we'd definitely recommend not changing airlines unless you have hired a company on the ground to get your pet re-checked. Hope this helps!
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By Vic Christensen on November 3, 2018 at 5:25 am

I want to fly 2 cats from Bulgaria to Munich to Las Angeles USA in December as excess baggage. Both cats and carrier are 8 kilos and can fit in a single carrier. Both cats have European Pet Passports showing there shots and Chip Implants. Is there any restrictions or other documentation required.?Thanks Vic
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Hi Vic! If you are bringing your pets in-cabin, when you land in LA, you will need to clear customs for your cats when you are clearing customs for yourself. As long as the cats have been given a health certificate by your vet stating they are free of contagious diseases, up-to-date on their rabies vaccines & fit-to-fly within 10 days of travel - they will be welcomed into the US. Please check out our US Import Guide for more information. Hope this helps!
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By Vic on November 5, 2018 at 11:24 pm

Thanks! That's great information
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By Heidi on November 2, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Hi, we plan to take our two Corgis from IAD to Moscow next summer. What precautions does Lufthansa take to keep them cool leading up to and after the flight/connection?
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 5, 2018 at 3:08 pm

Hi Heidi! Lufthansa has a great pet program. Check out this video to learn more about their process!
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By Zoe CHANG on October 31, 2018 at 7:27 am

Hi, we are looking to move with our cat from London to Malaga towards the end of December this year. She's up to date with vaccination and got her EU Pet Passport sorted.We heard that both Air France and Lufthansa (perhaps TUI too?) accept pets in cabin. She's just about 5kgs and small enough to fit into a pet carrier bag (brand 'Terra Hiker') which is designed and fits the under seat space. Is that the best option or you have a better solution to reduce the overall travel (in cage) time for our cat? Thanks!
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on November 2, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Hi Zoe! It totally depends on your kitty's temperament and what your personal travel plans are. If you prefer to move her in-cabin and you think she will be ok (not making too much noise, not too stressed, can hold her potty, etc.) then make sure you add her to your airline reservation when you call to book your flight. It's important to note that pets can be bumped for any reason, and this is typically up to the pilot's discretion. We only specialize in pets traveling as manifest cargo so are unable to advise too much on in-cabin moves, but hope this insight helps a bit! Hope you guys have a nice trip!
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By Valerie D on October 27, 2018 at 1:08 am

Hi, I am travelling from Brussels to split and back to pick up two little cats (<8kg for both). Can they travel together in One bag? They fit in One travel petbag.
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 29, 2018 at 9:50 am

Hi Valerie! We specialize in pets traveling as manifest cargo which requires them to travel in separate travel crates. If you are bringing them in-cabin, you'll want to check with the airline that you are booking your flights on. Hope this helps!
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By Jenesis on October 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

HelloWe have a standard poodle he is quite big 86 cm tall and 83 cm lenght... we are moving from spain to US......the standard gaint crate size that will fit him is... 122 cm Lx 83 cm Wx 90 cm. H. however lufthansa will only accept 122 cm Lx 75 Wx 85 cm H...Can some help.. how strict is lufhtansa in dimension do they measure the crates...
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

Hi Jenesis! If the crate is only 85 cm H and your dog is 86 cm H, then you definitely need a larger crate. It is possible to put 3-5" extensions on Giant crates; however, you'll want to make sure the plane is large enough to accommodate this size kennel. If Lufthansa will not accept this size crate, you can always check with United or Iberia. If you are looking for a company like ours to manage this move, please fill out our Arrange a Move form here. Thanks!
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By georgia on October 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Hi, I am emailing I am looking to fly myself and my husband to Romania with our pet parrot Willow. She is a conuore parrot and is small and only weighs 90grams. I am wondering if you could find us a airline we could fly with to get her to Romania. We would be willing to drive to France or another country to get the flight as I am aware flights from UK with animals in cabin is not avalible. Could you please let me know where I could fly from to have her in the cabin to travel and also how would I go about booking this and what would the proccess be. We can fly to anywhere in Romania. Many Thanks Georgia Sobaru.
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 12, 2018 at 10:10 am

Hi Georgia! Our services are specialized in pets traveling on their own plane ticket as "manifest cargo" however, we believe Delta still allows pets in the cabin and defines “pets” to include dogs, cats, and household birds. Although the first thing you'll want to do is to check if your bird's breed is a protected species. It typically takes about 6 months a lot of paperwork to relocate birds internationally. If you are looking for a company like ours to help, feel free to reach out to us directly! Thanks again!
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By margaret on October 6, 2018 at 3:07 am

Hi. I am looking to transport a puppy from Rome to the UK who will have all required vaccinations and documentation. What is the cheapest airline? and how do I book.?
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on October 10, 2018 at 9:34 am

Hi Margaret! The UK requires all pets to arrive as manifest cargo on their own plane ticket. Each airline will have their own rates and typically they require you use a pet shipper like ours to book pets as "manifest cargo". Check out our booking guide and please let us know if we can be of assistance!
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