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 Kirsty on September 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

Can I fly a puppy under 8kg from UK to Helsinki (via Frankfurt), in the cabin as hand luggage. If so can it be 8-10 weeks old as Finland do not equine rabies vaccination, thank you
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm

Hi Kirsty! Finland is part of the EU which does require a microchip and rabies vaccine (even if coming from a rabies-free country like the UK). Then your pet must wait 21 days before import. Because of the rabies vaccine requirement, you cannot move a puppy into the EU that's less than 16 weeks of age. Hope this helps!
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By Paroma on September 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

Hello! I will be flying from LA to Mumbai via Frankfurt with Lufthansa & I plan to take my cat with me in the cabin. She is under the 8 kg limit. The journey is very long - 21 hours - so obviously a bit nervous about such a long trip for my cat. Just a few questions that I'm hoping you can answer:1) The flight I'm looking at has a 2 hour layover in Frankfurt. Is this enough time - are there any special screenings I will have to go through in Frankfurt because I have a cat? 2) Are there any pet relief areas in Frankfurt airport where I can let my cat out of the carrier? 3) Also she is microchipped and has an AVID chip which I don't think is ISO compliant. Will the airport staff in India and Frankfurt be able to read her chip? Or do you suggest getting my own chip reader? 4) Apart from the Vet Certificate, vaccinations & NOC, do I need any more documents for India or Germany (transit)? 5) My cat has a bit of asthma - is in cabin travel safe for her? Any precautions I can take?Thank you:)
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

Hi Paroma! Thanks for your questions! We specialize in pets traveling as "manifest cargo" which means they are not tied to passenger plane ticket & do not fly in-cabin. Typically, if you as the passenger are not changing airlines then you do not need to clear customs for your cat in Frankfurt, more info about this can be found here. This means you will not need to meet German import requirements.

To import into India, your cat's microchip should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785. If it does not, we suggest bringing your own scanner to get through customs in India. Make sure you chat with your vet about any health related concerns & review import requirements for India before you go! If you are interested in more information about our services, feel free to fill out our Arrange a Move form and a consultant will reach out to you. Hope this helps with your planning!
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By Paroma on October 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

Thanks so much Maegan:) Much appreciated:)
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By Evelyn on September 12, 2018 at 11:18 am

We are trying to bring 3 cats with us. Can we put them all in a large dog carrier together? We are traveling from San Francisco to Athens, Greece.
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 17, 2018 at 8:32 am

Hi Evelyn! For safety reasons, pets are required to in their own kennel. However, since they are on the same airway bill, Lufthansa will place them on the flight facing each other so they can see, smell & hear each other the entire time. It gives them peace of mind their family is all flying together. Hope this helps!
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By Helen Federline on September 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm

Hello,can i travel with two cats at the same time (both under 8kg) from Washington State, USA to London, UK in the cabin? Also if i book business can i have them both in there too?Thank you.
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm

Hi Helen! Pets are not allowed to travel in-cabin to London as the UK requires all pets to arrive into the country as "manifest cargo" in the cargo hold. This is perfectly safe as long as your pets are healthy and you are choosing a pet safe airline. Here are the requirements for importing pets into the UK. If we can be of assistance with your move, please fill out our Arrange A Move form and a consultant from our UK team will reach out you soon. Thanks!
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By Nicole Moore on August 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

Hi, I'm looking to travel my dog with me as cargo on Lufthansa,(from London to Chicago) do I need to book my flight first and then call customer service to book my dog in? Is there a special form to fill in or do I just bring his passport and vaccinations? Thanks!
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 10, 2018 at 12:04 pm

Hi Nicole! You should be able to book your pet as "excess baggage" on your flight when you call to book your airline ticket. Pets traveling as "excess baggage" and "manifest cargo" travel in the same cargo hold which is climate controlled & pressurized. Since you will be on the same flight with your pet, you will be responsible for clearing your pet through customs in Chicago. Here are the requirements for importing pets into the US. Hope this helps!
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By Amy Thompson on August 28, 2018 at 9:44 am

I have a dog and 2 Cats looking to fly Lufthansa in January. Are the cats able to ride in the same crate going cargo?
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By Christina at PetRelocation on August 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Hi Amy!

The answer to this question is typically no, but as with most things travel related, it depends. This blog post elaborates on this exact topic and should help clear up any doubts!
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By Mayra on August 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

Hello!Can the crate/carrier be soft as well? Does the pet carrier need to fit underneath my seat?
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on August 21, 2018 at 9:20 am

Hi Mayra! Yes, the carrier can be a soft-sided carrier as long as it is watertight and bite-proof. Your pet will need to be kept in an appropriate travel carrier measuring not more than 55 x 40 x 23 cm. and must fit under the seat. Pets must remain inside the travel container throughout the entire flight. Hope this helps!
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By Mark Nutland on August 14, 2018 at 12:41 pm

I'm researching options to fly my 2 Bulldogs, (one English, one French) from Hong Kong to UK via Frankfurt. Apart from Lufthansa, are there any other international airlines that still fly snub nose dogs?
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By Maegan at PetRelocation on August 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Hi Mark! Lufthansa & Swiss Air are both good options for snubbies. If we can be of assistance with booking your pets' flight, please let us know!
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