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 Singapore Saki on April 19, 2018 at 7:28 pm

HI, We are planning to move from Singapore to Houston and have been looking for options to bring our beagle along. So far it seems Lufthansa is the only airline with which I can check my dog on as excess baggage into Houston Intercontinental airport. Do you have any other options or suggestions for helping us make the appropriate plans and reservations?Thanks Saki
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Hi Singapore Saki! Thanks for reaching out to us. We only specialize for pets travel as “manifest cargo” or “unaccompanied” the in cargo hold. This also allows us to be in control of all the paperwork, customs clearance, etc. since our company is in charge of their flight booking. If you are looking to DIY with your pup flying as excess baggage, check out our “all encompassing” DIY booking post that includes all airline guide links for one easy reference. Hope this helps!
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By Lynne on April 19, 2018 at 6:44 pm

My husband will be flighting with our dog to Frankfurt and getting another flight (different airline and different booking)to Rome,will he have to go through customs?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 23, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Hi Lynne, thanks for your question! Typically in all travel (human & pet!) if you are changing airlines, you will need to clear customs. If your dog is traveling in-cabin with your husband or as excess baggage, he will need to clear customs for your pet and re-check him on the next flight. Here are the requirements for moving your pup to Italy. Hope this helps! If we can make this simpler for you and your family by handling your dog's door-to-door move, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. Thank you!
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By Weena Jones on April 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

Hi, I would like to take my dog (border collie) to parent in law in country Durham Uk from Munich, what kind of crate requirement?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 19, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Hi Weena! You'll need to buy an airline-approved crate that's the right size for your dog.Check out our site to find out more about pet travel crates, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions or if you'd like to find out more about our door-to-door services filling our our Arrange A Move Form here.  Hope this helps!
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By Bernarda on April 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

This summer I’m planing to move from Florida to Slovenia. With my 8lb chihuahua. I would like to have him in the cabin. Is this possible on transatlantic flights?
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 19, 2018 at 2:03 pm

Hi Bernarda, Thanks for your question. Here are the requirements for moving a pet to Slovenia. Whether your pup can travel in-cabin will depend on the airline you choose. To our best knowledge, Slovenia does not have any country restrictions for pets traveling in-cabin. I'd recommend checking with your booking agent on their in-cabin policies when you call the airline to book your own flight. Hope this helps!
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By Ruby Rose on April 17, 2018 at 2:12 pm

Hi,I want to travel with my 3 cats from Cape Town/South Africa to Oslo Norway on 2 July 2018. What will the procedure be? Thanks, Rose
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 19, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Hi Rose, thanks for your question! Here are the requirements for pets traveling to Norway. Hope this helps!
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By Veronica on April 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Hi I am planning to get 3 cats from Minsk Belarus through Lufthansa to UK-what are my options for transportation-is it only as cargo and what uk airports can I fly into for pets clearance? Many thanks in advance.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm

Hi Veronica, thanks for your question! All pets arriving into the UK must travel as "manifest cargo" and you can only use certain travel routes and companies to enter England, Scotland or Wales. According to this list Edinburgh, London Heathrow, & Manchester are all approved routes on Lufthansa. Hope this helps! If you need assistance planning your relocation, please fill out our Arrange A Move Form here. 
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By Kayla A on April 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Hi , We are hoping to bring our kitten in cabin with us from Serbia (via Air Serbia) and transferring through London Heathrow to Toronto Canada via Air Canada(operated by you Lufthansa. Can you please advise what would be required once we arrive at Heathrow.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Hi Kayla, Thanks for your comment! If you are switching airlines, you will likely be clearing customs for your kitty in the UK. Take a look at the Pet Import Requirements for the UK here as well to find out more about the preparations you'll need to make. The UK requires all pets to arrive as "manifest cargo" so it is unlikely you can bring your kitty in-cabin to Heathrow. I'd suggest reaching out to Air Serbia for clarification and potentially changing your routing so that your kitty can travel in-cabin with you. Hope this helps!
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By Michael on April 12, 2018 at 5:55 pm

I would like to transport a Bichon puppy (approximately 12 weeks old, weighing about 4kg) from London to Dallas (via Frankfurt). I would like to confirm that we can carry her on (we don’t want to put her in cargo) as long as the dog and her carrier meets requirements and appropriate notice is given. Also, is the $100 charge per flight or for the entire journey?Thank you.
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By maegan@petrelocation.com on April 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Hi Michael, thanks for your note! We specialize in pets traveling as "manifest cargo" on their own plane ticket on Lufthansa. If you need specific information about your pup traveling in-cabin on Lufthansa, we suggest speaking with a ticketing agent when you are booking your own travels. Hope this helps!
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