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.


PetRelocation Team


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By Mandy on April 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Hi, I have a small maltese dog and I should take her from Doha to Frankfurt in June 26th when Doha outside temperature could be even 45 oC. I can't take ger to the cabin since the allowed height of dog's container for cabin is ONLY 23 cm So I have to check in my dog as a cargo and I'm very worried for the period of time when my dog will be loaded to the airplane. If it takes long, my dog's health will be in danger. Please let me know about the maximum time that will take to load the animals to the airplane.

By on April 24, 2017 at 9:36 am

Hi Mandy, in cases like this we recommend choosing pet friendly airlines that use temperature controlled vehicles and take great care when loading and unloading pets. We also suggest booking an early morning or late night flight to avoid extreme temperatures. Let us know if you need some help planning your move! We have experience safely moving pets all over the world and would be happy to assist.

By Iwona kowalska on April 24, 2017 at 1:17 am

Hello I would like to ask you about fly with my dog she is small dog around 7.5 kg I want to fly in July from Malta to Dublin I want to short the way how is possible for her I think she is to big go with me inside the plane .can I go with her to cargo ? Spend all way together ? What I need to bring with me how many documents I need ? Please help me she is my everything ❤️❤️❤️❤️Thank you for any answer

By on April 24, 2017 at 9:40 am

It's understandable to feel nervous about pet travel -- this is definitely a stressful event to plan! To start, take a look at the pet import requirements for Ireland: Your dog will need to fly via cargo, which is much safer than you'd probably imagine -- read more about cargo travel here: Hope this helps to get you started! Just let us know if we can help you plan your move and good luck with everything.

By Anne on April 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Hi, we will fly in september with our four dogs from dallas firt worth to frankfurt (germany). We would like to fly with lufthansa but our dogs have to fly cargo. Does lufthansa allow four dogs in the cargo section?

By on April 28, 2017 at 8:49 am

You're making a great choice in flying with Lufthansa. It's hard to say for sure if all four dogs can go on the same flight (the amount of space available can change from one flight to the next based on what else needs to go in the cargo area), however since your dogs will be flying separately from your ticket, it's okay if they end up on separate flights from each other or from you. When you call to book their ticket you can ask the representative about your situation, or you can contact us if you'd like PetRelocation to manage your move. We'd be happy to help! Good luck with everything either way and enjoy Germany!

By Craig Patik on May 2, 2017 at 11:49 am

Can you add pets to a flight reservation that you've already made? I'll be flying NYC > Munich with my 2 dogs in cargo.

By on May 2, 2017 at 11:56 am

You can call the airline and give it a try! It's important to note that pets flying via cargo are essentially on their own ticket, however, so they don't have to be on the same flight as you. In fact, for planning and timing purposes, many people prefer to fly separately (most of our clients do). Let us know if you have more questions!

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