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 Terri Tessner on May 17, 2017 at 7:21 pm

We r going to Italy next june..can we fly out of the USA with our pets??

By on May 18, 2017 at 9:08 am

Hello Terri, thanks for reaching out! It is certainly possible to fly pets from the US to Italy. First and foremost, you can find import requirements for moving pets to Italy here ( You'll also need to look into getting the proper travel crate for your pets to ensure a safe journey ( Good luck and if you need our help or would like to obtain a quote for our services, please don't hesitate to contact us (!

By Adrianna on May 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

Hello,I have a small dog and a small cat. My husband and I are flying one way from London Heathrow to Orlando International in November. We were wondering if we could fly our pets with us in cabin if it's a direct flight. Thank you.

By on May 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

Dear Adrianna,Thank you for your question. The general rule for pet air travel is that only pets who are small enough to fit into a carrier that can fit under the seat in front of you on a plane are able to fly in the cabin, and for many international routes, in-cabin travel is not an option for any size pet.Only tiny pets (toy dogs, kittens, etc.) tend to meet this size requirement, so the majority of pets end up flying as cargo no matter what.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 pet-friendly airline (we often use KLM, Lufthansa, and United) ensures that your pets will be handled by specialized professionals and will be loaded onto the plane last and taken off first. Check out our post where we answer questions about flying pets in cargo ( again for your question and good luck with your move!Daniel

By Preethi Manoharan on May 23, 2017 at 3:18 am

Whats is the process to relocate a pug from chennai to London? And being a snub nosed dog is the journey recommended?I've heard quite a few horror stories about snub nosed dogs not surviving the flight journey.

By on May 23, 2017 at 9:23 am

Hi Preethi, thanks for reaching out. First, we do recommend checking with the UK government to find out more about the import rules you'll be facing. Here is a link to the appropriate site: Second, here are a few tips for traveling with snub-nosed breeds: Pug owners will need to take a few extra precautions when traveling by air, but it's not necessarily impossible (we've helped many snub-nosed pets travel safely around the world). Hopefully this information is helpful to you -- just let us know if we can be of further assistance!

By Victoria Clary on May 31, 2017 at 3:27 am

I will be flying on Lufthansa from Denver to Munich with my son. We have three dogs. One is a 10 lb Chinese Crested. The other two are 4 and 5 lb Papillions. Can my son take the larger dog in the cabin in a regulation carrier, and I take the two small dogs, both in the same carrier?

By on May 31, 2017 at 9:02 am

Hi Victoria, you'll want to check with Lufthansa directly to find out about their in-cabin policies (we only have experience flying pets via cargo with them). It's probably unlikely that two pets will be able to fly in the same kennel, however, and for international travel pets are often required to fly below the cabin. Again, just check with Lufthansa -- either by calling them or looking at their website -- to find out for sure. Good luck and let us know if we can be of service!

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