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 Jane Cammack on June 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

I want to take two small cats and a small tortoise to the United Kingdom. The cats have their passports and are inoculated.
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By vickram zacharia on April 5, 2017 at 4:42 am

I'm from India. I want to take my dog to Canada (Toronto) . Via Lufthansa. The dog weights around 10/11 kg . It is a small breed , fury dog called Spitz . . Kindly help me to relocate my dog .
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 5, 2017 at 8:52 am

Hi Vickram, we'd be happy to help! To start, we'd recommend reading over the official Canada dog import requirements here: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/imports/policies/live-animals/pets/dogs/eng/1331876172009/1331876307796. If you're interested in hiring some assistance, you're welcome to contact us for a consultation: https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange. Hope this helps! Just let us know if we can answer any more questions and good luck with your upcoming move!
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By Ronny Henriksen on April 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Hello, would it be allowed to bring a small dog ( 5 kg ) with Lufthansa in the cabin from Norway to Thailand? Is it different if it is a servicedog? Best regards, Ronny
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

Hi Ronny, We recommend double checking with official Thai sources to find out if pets may arrive in the cabin (we have only moved pets via cargo so can't speak to this topic with authority). Here is source that may help: http://thaiembdc.org/bringing-pets-into-thailand/. If this is possible, you can then call Lufthansa to book your flight and they'll be able to answer any questions you have about cabin flight, assistance dogs, etc. Here is the link: https://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/us/infoservice/baggage?nodeid=305559505&l=en. Hope this helps! Let us know if we can be of further assistance and good luck with your move.
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By Gloria Iliev on April 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Please I need to know if I can fly with my cat pet from Abuja Nigeria to Sofia Bulgaria, ? She's 1 years old. And weighing about 2 kg. Can I travel with in inflight or have to check her inn.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

Hi Gloria, thanks for the question! To start, review the pet import requirements for Bulgaria here: http://babh.government.bg/bg/Page/consumer-pets/index/consumer-pets/Домашни лю�. You will also need to follow the rules of the airline you choose, and we recommend calling the available carriers directly to find out what they require and what their in-cabin/cargo pet rules may be. If you'd like some assistance with your move, you can contact us here for a consultation: https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange. Finally, if you'd like to handle the move by hiring local agents directly, we recommend searching for one using IPATA.org. Hope this helps, good luck!
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