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 Suzanne on May 28, 2018 at 11:40 am

I'm wishing to fly my 3kg cat to Manchester, UK from Rabat, Morocco, or from Paris or Amsterdam to Manchester if Rabat isn't possible.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

Hi Suzanne! Thanks for your question. Here are the requirements for moving pets to the UK from an "unlisted country" such as Morocco.

The UK requires all pets to arrive as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket. However, our most current information on Morocco exports state that pets cannot leave Morocco as "manifest cargo" because as export permits are not available. It would be best to meet requirements for import into the EU, fly with your pets from Morocco to Paris or Amsterdam as "excess baggage" - get a EU passport issued, then fly with your pets as "manifest cargo" from the EU to the UK.

This process is quite complex so we'd suggest hiring a company like ours to manage the process. In order to get a quote for our services, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form Here. Looking forward to hearing from you!
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By Cindie on May 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm

Hi Can you tell me a flight from Frankfurt Germany to Montreal I'm allowed to put a dg in cargo cause it exceeds 8kg.Is there any breed restrictions ?Thanks Cindie
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Hi Cindie! Dogs are allowed to travel in-cargo from FRA to YUL. There are special restrictions for pets considered "dangerous breeds" and snub-nosed breeds. If we can assist, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Hope this helps!
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By Holly on May 23, 2018 at 9:55 pm

Do you assist with pet travel from Comox BC Canada to Naples Italy. My dog can only fly from Vancouver and being as this move is for work, another agency is booking my flight and only then can I book for my Dog. Concern is that there may not be space on the flight that is booked for me and they won't book my pet.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 24, 2018 at 11:46 am

Hi Holly! Sure, we'd be happy to help! When hiring a pet shipping company like ours, you will not need to be on the same flight as your pup, as pets travel as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket. Traveling on their own makes them easily traceable & trackable during their trip. This is extremely safe as long as your pet is healthy. If you'd like for a consultant to contact you, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form Here. Looking forward to helping with your pet's journey!
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By Lesley on May 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

Hi, could you please advise if Dubai to Paris (via Zurich or Frankfurt) is a route where Lufthansa would accept dogs in the cabin. I have two small dogs who meet all the weight/age requirements. Thanks.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 24, 2018 at 11:38 am

Hi Lesley! According to the the import requirements for France pets can arrive into CDG in-cabin. However, whether Lufthansa will accept them in-cabin will be up to the discretion of the airlines. Airline restrictions limit the size and weight of a pet traveling in cabin to less than 8 kg and your pet must be inside his travel crate and be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. Additionally, the airline reserve the right to refuse any pet attempting to travel in cabin at check-in, based on the pilot's discretion. Hope this helps!
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By Paola Li Puma on May 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm

Hi. I am planning to eventually move from Nicaragua to Germany with all my 7 pets. My pets have never been out of home and even riding a 10 min car ride is extremely stressful for them. I have 2 questions: two of my cats weigh 8 and 9 kilos, is there an exception to taking these stressful pals in the cabin? Question 2: if the cabin is not an option, can I take two or three in the same box in cargo? Thank you!
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 16, 2018 at 3:25 pm

Hi Paola! The first step to any successful move is to get your pets' acclimated to their travel kennels. Per airline regulations, each pet is required to travel in their own crate. Once you've stared the kennel acclimation process, the next step is to prepare them for move day! Also, every airline has different rules for pets traveling in-cabin. For DIY resources, feel free to check out our pet safe airline booking guide here. Hope this helps!
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By Amaris Baltazar on May 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Hello we are in Germany and want to get our 3 year old English bulldog out here with us. Any help with this is appreciated
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

Hi Amaris! Thanks for reaching out to us. There are a few precautions we must take when relocating snub-nosed pups, check out some tips with relocating with an English Bulldog here. We provide a door-to-door service for pet owners and often work with caretakers when the pet owners have already relocated. We'd be happy to help with your pup's move! In order to connect you with a specialist who can walk you through the process, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!
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By Sheyda on May 6, 2018 at 7:27 am

Hi, I am planning to fly to Tucson at the end of July, either from Turkey or Emirates (I live in Iran). I want to take my dog with me. She is a terrier and she wights about 8 kilograms (7.900). She is a bit spoiled, so she gets afraid and stressed very easily (her heart keeps beating fast). I need to be with her to comfort her. Can I bring her with me in the Cabin? Thanks, Sheyda
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 16, 2018 at 3:28 pm

Hi Sheyda! Every airline has their own regulations in regards to in-cabin travel. Only tiny pets (toy dogs, kittens, etc.) tend to meet this size requirement, so the majority of pets end up flying as cargo. That being said, flying as cargo is quite safe and comfortable for pets, as cargo holds on pet friendly airlines are pressurized and climate-controlled just like the cabin. Additionally, flying with a ensures that your pets will be handled by specialized professionals and will be loaded onto the plane last and taken off first. In order to reduce anxiety and stress, we suggest that pets get acclimated to their travel kennels. For DIY resources, feel free to check out our pet safe airline booking guide above. Hope this helps!
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By Lilianna on May 2, 2018 at 6:26 pm

I am preparing to relocate from the US to Ukraine. Air travel makes me exceedingly uneasy but my cat+carrier is just slightly over the weight limit. The move and the air travel will be stressful enough for me. Being separated from my cat will just add to my stress. I am making the arrangements to minimize connecting flights. Can I pay an overage charge or purchase an additional seat for my cat?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on May 4, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Hi Lilianna! Lufthansa airline restrictions limit the size and weight of a pet traveling in cabin to less than 8 kgs and your cat must be inside his travel crate and be able to fit underneath the seat in front of you. If your kitty cannot fit under the seat in front you, he will likely have to travel in the cargo hold; which is perfectly safe as long as your pet is healthy. Feel free to check out this article about pets traveling in-cargo. However, you are welcome to check with Lufthansa about purchasing a seat for your cat in-cabin by calling their booking line here. If you are looking for assistance with your pet's travel, we'd be happy to help! Just fill out our Arrange A Move Form here and a consultant will contact you. Thanks!
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