Live Animal Handling

Ideal conditions for transporting large animals

Ideal conditions for transporting large animals

Leipzig/Halle Airport is a reliable partner when it comes to handling animals too.


The 24/7 experts for safe and stress-free handling of your large animals:

  • State-of the-art large animal handling facilities
  • Truck parking facilities on the doorstep
  • Short distances to the aprons/A/C
  • Experienced IATA-certified staff to handle all types of aircraft and all kinds of freight, including large animals (e.g. cattle/horses) 
  • Veterinarians on site
  • 24/7 customs operations
  • A personal key account manager takes care of you and the needs of your animals, guarantees short turnaround times, direct customer contact, customer coordination, internal communications/interface



Facilites & equipment

Animal Export Center

  • Since August 2010, Leipzig/Halle Airport has been operating the Animal Export Center that measures 1,300 square metres. A large delivery area can also be used as an animal run, should the need arise. Recreation and relaxation rooms are available for the attendants accompanying the animals.
  • Large animal stalls - particularly for horses - and several other stabling opportunities are available to keep the animals comfortable. Veterinary staff and customs officers are available 24 hours a day.
  • There are only 4 airports in Germany authorized to export cattle
  • Expertise, experience in setting up cattle pens according to IATA's Live Animal Regulations
  • A quarantine facility is part of the veterinary border inspection post

Veterinary border / plant inspection post

  • A veterinary border inspection post with a permit to import animals from other countries and handle them in transit completes the services that are available.

Border inspection post

The newly-built border inspection post at Leipzig/Halle Airport was officially handed over to the District Office of North Saxony in December 2007. The airport now has the only border inspection post in the Free State of Saxony. 

The work of the border inspection post ensures that only safe foods, which comply with the food regulatory requirements of the European Union, reach consumers via traders. In addition, the checks at Leipzig/Halle Airport are designed to prevent dangerous animal epidemics being brought into Germany and into the EU. 

The border inspection post was built in the south-eastern section of the airport. The investment made for constructing the building amounted to approximately EUR 4.8 million.

The occupants and tenants of the building are the Food Inspection Office and the Veterinary Inspection Office of the North Saxony District Office as well as the Saxon State Ministry for the Environment and Agriculture, Regional Institute for Agriculture.

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