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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is a well-respected giant of the airline industry. They currently have the great distinction of being the oldest airline still operating under its original name. In 2004, they merged with Air France and formed the Air France KLM Group, Europe's largest airline group. Although both airlines still operate under their own banners and brands, together they make up an impressive network that covers some 230 destinations in over 100 countries around the globe. Both are also proud members of the SkyTeam network.

KLM offers many options for anyone travelling with their pets. Currently, they will allow small dogs and cats to travel in the cabin of the aircraft. They also have options for larger pets to travel as checked baggage in the cargo hold of the aircraft or as cargo freight, if pets will be travelling unaccompanied. They ask that anyone travelling with a pet please call their Reservations line ahead of time.

For pets travelling as checked baggage, fees are based on the following 4 flight zones:

Zone 1:
  • Within France
Zone 2:
  • Within Europe
  • Between Europe and Israel
  • Between Europe and North Africa
  • KLM flights between:
    • Muscat - Doha (and vice versa)
    • Dammam - Kuwait
    • Abu Dhabi - Bahrain
    • Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta (and vice versa)
    • Singapore - Denpasar (and vice versa)
Zone 3:
  • To or from the United States or Canada
  • Between Europe and the Middle East (including Egypt and Libya)
  • Between Europe and India
Zone 4:
  • The rest of the world
CARRIER SIZE KLM list only the height restriction.
Carriers must not be higher than 20 cm (7.9 in)
Carrier sizes will vary. Please contact service agent to determine the best size for your pet.
CARRIER WEIGHT Maximum weight (pet and carrier): 6 kg (13 lbs) Maximum weight (pet and carrier): 75 kg (165 lbs)
If departing from Europe - fees in EUR
If departing from Canada - fees in CAD
If departing from USA - fees in USD
All other countries will be in USD/EUR
(or local equivalent)
Zone 1 - 20
Zone 2 - 75
Zone 3 - 200
Zone 4 - 200
Zone 1 - 20
Zone 2 - 75
Zone 3 - 200
Zone 4 - 200


  • It is strongly recommended that you contact the consulate, embassy, or government authority for any country (or countries) you will be visiting to ensure that you have met all entrance requirements.
  • Pets are no longer able to accompany travelers in Business class on intercontinental flights.
  • Space for pet travel is limited. Please call KLM Reservations prior to travel.
  • KLM complies with all International Air Transport Association (IATA) rules. Carriers must meet all IATA standards.
  • KLM does not accept certain breeds of cats and dogs (brachycephalic or "snub-nosed" breeds). Some of these breeds may be accepted to travel Air France-KLM Cargo. Please consult a service agent to determine whether restrictions may apply to your pet.
  • If your pet is travelling as checked baggage and a transfer at Amsterdam Shiphol Airport lasts more than 2 hours, you may have to pay an additional €150 to cover the animal's care during the transfer.

If you are unable to travel with your pet

If you are unable to travel with your pet, or if your pet exceeds the 75 kg (165 lbs) allowance for checked baggage, Air France-KLM Cargo can help. Their Variation® Live program was specifically designed to give your animal friends the extra attention they deserve.

If you are travelling via Amsterdam's Shiphol Airport you will also have the option of arranging a stay at the KLM Animal Hotel, a state-of-the-art facility that can accommodate any animal and provide them with all the comforts of home...and a few extras.

Codeshare flights

Pets may not be accepted on interline flights or flights operated by codeshare partners. It is strongly recommended that you contact any codeshare partners or other airlines directly to familiarize yourself with their individual policies regarding pet travel.

Contact Information

  • KLM Telephone Services: +31 (0) 20 6499123
  • Air France-KLM Cargo (USA): 1-800-556-9000
  • KLM website: Click Here
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