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 MrsKabalan on May 13, 2017 at 3:33 pm

Hi. I have a boxer and husky both large breeds. Can I travel with them from the US to Germany? I'd so was I reading correctly that it would be $400usd each?
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on May 15, 2017 at 8:52 am

Hello Mrs. Kabalan, yes, it is possible to fly with a husky and a boxer via manifest cargo on Lufthansa. However, the temperature will be important when booking a flight for your Boxer since there are some restrictions there. A lot goes into pricing a move (the weight of both of your dogs and the size of their kennels, for example) so if you're looking for a quote, please feel free to fill out our online consultation form (https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange) or contact Lufthansa directly if you're just looking for an airline booking. Hope this helps!
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By amelie on May 13, 2017 at 4:11 pm

I am planning to travel with Lufthansa from Ghana to Montreal. My 11 pound dog will need to go in the cargo hold because of his size. According to the itineray that i have, we would have a lay over of 4 hours in Brussels (assuming we arrive on time). Will i need to pick up the dog during the lay over and, if so, will 4 hours be enough to get him and re-check him in before the next flight? If not, will airline staff make sure he gets to eat and walk during the lay over? Thank you
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on May 15, 2017 at 8:56 am

Hello Amelie, all pet flights via Lufthansa typically have a stop in Frankfurt. If this is the case, you will not have to do anything during the stop. Lufthansa has an Animal Lounge in Frankfurt that will ensure your dog is taken care of. If you're curious about the care he will receive during his stop, you can read more on our blog post about the Frankfurt Animal Lounge (https://www.petrelocation.com/blog/post/video-explore-the-lufthansa-animal-lounge-in-frankfurt). Best of luck to you both!
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By James Crowther on May 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

Hi I would want to book a cat adopted from the Rome cat sanctuary and fly from leonardo da vinci airport to manchester. How would I go about this please? The sanctuary would be arranging the pet passports and innoculations.Thanks
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on May 15, 2017 at 9:28 am

Hello James, there are many rules and requirements (https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/overview) that go into moving a cat from Italy to the UK so it's great that you're already looking into pet passports. The UK also falls under the EU 5-day ruling. meaning your cat must arrive in the UK within 5 days of your own arrival (either before or after). If you need further guidance or would like a quote on our services, please feel free to fill out our online consultation form (https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange). Best of luck to you!
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By Kelly Smith on May 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

Good Morning, I want to export my 4 dogs from Saudi Arabia to UK. I need to know what months I can do this as I believe there is a heat restriction. Also, I understand they will need to go Cargo. Can I put 2 in each crate? They are Chihuahua's. Your advice would be much appreciated. I cannot fly before June 30th. Will this be a problem?Kind Regards Kelly
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By bethany@petrelocation.com on May 16, 2017 at 8:59 am

Hello Kelly, thanks for reaching out! Keep in mind the restrictions are based on the temperatures of both the departure and arrival airports so there is not going to be a specific date. However, we typically recommend avoiding the summer months because of this and going for a departure in the fall, September being the earliest month possible (if temperatures allow). Even though they are a smaller breed, most airlines will only allow puppies of the same litter to be in the same crate together. It is best to fly your Chihuahuas in their own separate crates to allow for a more comfortable journey. You can find more information on what crates to buy here (https://www.petrelocation.com/learn/pet-travel-crates). Good luck with everything and let us know if you need any help (https://www.petrelocation.com/arrange)!
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