Pet Friendly Airline Series by the Numbers: Lufthansa’s Animal Lounge

Lufthansa Animal LoungeOur Pet Friendly Airline Series continues with more Lufthansa coverage! This airline is one of the largest and busiest in the world, so it's no surprise that they've paid attention to the growing need for pet-friendly amenities.

Lufthansa Airlines offers a one-of-a-kind pet facility called the Lufthansa Animal Lounge. Located in Frankfurt, Germany, this spacious area streamlines the pet import/export process and allows animals a place to take a break and stretch their legs in between flights.

We've explored the Lufthansa Animal Lounge before, but here's a closer look at all the moving parts that make this busy place a welcome respite for pet travelers.

  • The entire Animal Lounge covers about 4,000 square meters.

  • Pets traveling in the cabin who have layovers more than 2-3 hours will also be admitted to the lounge.

  • There's a choice of 3 routes for pets entering the Lounge: Import, Export and Transit.

  • Based on the Lufthansa Cargo network, pets entering the Lounge might be coming from one of 360 destinations in over 90 countries.

  • To accommodate larger animals, such as horses, there are 42 bigger stalls that can be expanded to a size of 28 square meters.

  • Sensitive animals like birds and reptiles can be housed in one of 18 climate-controlled chambers that will be suited to each species specific needs.

  • 39 small animal boxes are available for dogs and cats who need a break from their travel crates.

  • Safety and cleanliness are very important concerns in the Animal Lounge. Each animal keeper has 2 lockers for their clothes and belongings located in the "hygiene sluice" to ensure that germs are not carried back and forth between the inside and the outside.

Have you ever traveled with Lufthansa or stopped by the Animal Lounge? Feel free to share your experience in the comments!

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By carol on May 17, 2011 at 4:56 am

Did not know lounge existed will definately make use of it

By Susanne Hartner on May 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Wir haben 2-3 stunden layover in Frankfurt when wir von Portland Oregon nach Muenchen fliegen. Koennen sie uns details geben, wer or wo wir unseren kleinen Hund rauslassen koennen damit er sein geschaeft machen kann?Danke Susanne

By on May 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

Hello, Susanne. Good News! The Portland airport has a pet bathroom inside the airport terminal. It opened last August. See this story:, Daniel

By Herb Rammrath on July 19, 2017 at 5:49 am

We are traveling from Athens to London and must be in London by noon on Oct 13. We have a King Charles Spaniel weighing 8kg who must get to London or meet us there. Can you suggest an airline that will take our pet as cargo on the same flight or some other way to get our small dog to London. Thanks for your help.

By on July 19, 2017 at 8:24 am

Hi Herb, we typically use United, British Airways, KLM and Lufthansa for our pets traveling in Europe. If you'd like some help arranging your dog's journey, please contact us here for a consultation. Hope this helps!

By Andrew on July 28, 2017 at 3:06 am

We're traveling from Almaty, Kazakhstan to Dallas, Texas - transiting through Frankfurt (on Luftansa). We want to make sure that our two Labs have enough time to make use of the Luftansa Animal Lounge. Currently, we have only a 2:50 layover. If there are any delays and such, we're worried that the dogs will be in their cages for almost 20 hours.Should we book flights that provide a bit longer layover?

By on July 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

Hi Andrew, considering it's a bit of a close call, it would probably be best to contact Lufthansa's customer service department and ask them about this directly. Hopefully they can supply the information you need!

Good luck with everything, and please let us know if you're interested in finding out more about the services we offer.


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