Lufthansa

Lufthansa is the largest German airline and combined with all their subsidiaries, the largest airline in Europe as well. They welcome pets in the cabin and the hold on a number of their flights.

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Pet Reservations

Each passenger may only bring 2 pets on board. As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, you should call the Lufthansa Reservations Team at (800) 645-3880 and tell the agent that you are traveling with your pet.

Pets in the Cabin

Dogs and cats are welcome in the cabin if the combined weight of the pet and carrier is under 17 lbs (8 kg). Each passenger is allowed to bring 2 animals in the cabin each. They must be stowed in their carrier under the seat in front of you while you're in the air. The fee for pets traveling in the cabin is 50 EUR within Europe and 70 EUR for intercontinental trips (charged once per flight direction).

Pets in Checked Baggage

If the combined weight of your pet and carrier is over 17 lbs (8 kg), your pet can be transported in the air-conditioned cargo hold instead. Just like the cabin, each passenger can only bring 2 animals in the cargo hold (in one or two approved carriers). The fee for medium carriers is 100 EUR for flights within Europe and 150 EUR for intercontinental flights. The fee for larger carriers is 200 EUR for flights within Europe and 300 EUR for intercontinental flights.

Pets in Cargo

Dogs that cannot fit in larger carriers or are traveling alone must be transported as cargo instead. For this, you will need a specialized forwarding agent. You can contact Lufthansa Cargo directly at (01) 806-747-100 to answer any queries about the cargo service.

Carrier Guidelines

For small dogs and cats traveling in the cabin, carriers must not exceed the dimensions 22" x 16" x 9" (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm). They must also be escape, leak, and bite-proof. For pets traveling in the cargo hold, medium carriers can be up to 24" x 18" x 16" (60 cm x 45 cm x 40 cm) and larger carriers can be up to 49" x 29" x 33" (125 cm x 75 cm x 85 cm). They must have food and water containers attached, proper ventilation, and a secure locking system.

Other Restrictions

Animals classified as fighting or dangerous dogs may only be transported in special crates in the hold (except dogs between the ages of 3 and 6 months who can be transported in regular crates), including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, Dogo Argentino, Karabash (Kangal) (Anatolian Shepherd Dog), Caucasian Ovcharka (Caucasian Shepherd Dog), and Rottweilers. Additionally, It is forbidden to import Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and Bull Terriers into Germany, but they can be exported. Passengers who are looking to transport snub-nosed animals are advised not to by Lufthansa, though they are not forbidden, including Boxer, Bulldog (all breeds with the exception of the American Bulldog), Chow Chow, Pug, and Pekinese; and cat breeds are British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan, Persian, and Scottish Fold.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Lufthansa has received a rating of 5.0 out of 5 bones by 2 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    As good as it gets!

    Used them 3 times now to fly my kids from Germany to the states. It’s easy to book, they take great care of the pets. My dogs are xl and traveled in the special, climated pet compartment in the cargo area. They all arrived in good spirits! Never another airline to fly my kids :)

  • More than one year ago.
    Very easy experience

    Brought my Indian pariah pup home with me to Budapest via Frankfurt from Bangalore, India. Because it was still a very small dog, I took her in cabin. The one thing i would say though is the seats are very low and the small carrier i had did not fit. The height was the problem, not the width. This could have been a very big problem if the plane had been completely full. The staff was very understanding and it was an excellent experience. I will fly Lufthansa again with my dogs. Would put Lufthansa at the top of my list for flying with a dog.

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