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 gill Horalek on April 17, 2017 at 2:06 pm

I have a flight booked for 30th May travelling with Lufthansa with my puppy (confirmed), leaving from Manchester, UK to Prague with a change in Frankfurt. The flight is at 6.20am, what time would you recomment we are at the airport? Thank you.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 17, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Hi Gill, This is something we'd advise checking directly with Lufthansa about, as they'll be able to provide the most accurate information based on your situation. Good luck and have a great trip!
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By Alessia on April 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Hi, i have a 4 year old english bulldog shes never been on a plane. I live in france and i want to take her from mexico to france. Is it a problem? What should i do
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 17, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Hi Alessia, thanks for the question! Here is a great resource to get you started (since you have a snub-nosed breed, you'll be facing a few more challenges than the average pet traveler): https://www.petrelocation.com/blog/post/5-tips-for-traveling-safely-with-snub-nosed-breeds. Beyond that, we recommend researching the pet import rules for France (https://www.petrelocation.com/country/france) and also helping your dog get used to the travel crate. Hope this helps to get you started! Just let us know if we can assist you with your move and good luck with everything.
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By Denise on April 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

hi i am enquiring about transportibg my 1.5yr old very friendly Staffy X from Dublin to Vancouver. Do you provide Travel crates? we have a wire crate but it says you need metal or wood. hiw much will it cost? i am organising work visas and want to be prepared for all costs.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 21, 2017 at 9:09 am

Hi Denise, We recommend buying your crate online (via Amazon or another retailer). We generally recommend the PetMate SkyKennel -- you'll need to measure your dog and then get the correct size based on the measurements. Here's a link with more info: https://www.petrelocation.com/learn/pet-travel-crates. Hope that helps! Please let us know if you're interested in hiring assistance. We'd be glad to help manage your move!
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By Argiro Pantelidou on April 22, 2017 at 11:29 am

Hi! I would like to travel with my dog from Manchester to Greece, Thessaloniki or Athens and back. My dog is an American bulldog 25-27 kilos. She has passport and everything needed. I would like to ask you if I can book 2 seats instead of one and take my dog with me during the flight in a crane. Or else can you please give me some more information about traveling with cargo? Temperatures, pressure, hygiene. Thank you.
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By caitlin@petrelocation.com on April 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

Hi Argiro, thank you for your question! You'll most likely need to fly your dog via cargo, and we'd be happy to offer some information about cargo conditions: https://www.petrelocation.com/blog/post/facts-about-pet-transport-safety. It's much safer than most people initially believe, especially if you take the proper precautions by crate training your dog and helping her stay hydrated. Let us know if you need any assistance planning your move, and good luck with everything!
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