Carriers' cargo shipments bloom with higher flower volumes
Global carriers have geared up for weeks in preparation for Valentine’s Day 2014, and have seen increases in flower activity this year compared to last year.
One of the largest flower hubs in the world leading up to the holiday is Miami International Airport, where reportedly more than 85 to 90 percent of imported flowers enter the U.S.
In a news release Tuesday, UPS projected to transport 118 million flowers to loved ones this Valentine’s Day. This year, the company said it increased air travel between Miami and Latin America to manage the boom, and added a number of extra flights.
Saudia Cargo this month planned to operate four extra flights from Nairobi to Amsterdam to meet the demand for flower exports.
AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Russia’s largest cargo carrier, reported an 18-percent spike in flower shipments, year-over-year, in the time leading up to Valentine’s Day.
Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo, stated, “The demand for flowers in Russia is buoyant. The market is worth over $1 billion a year, and over 75 percent of flowers are imported, with Amsterdam being sort of pooling point for flowers coming from different parts of the world.”
LAN CARGO planes hauled more than 9,000 tons of flowers for this year’s holiday, equating to more than 15 million bouquets.
CrowleyFresh, located in Miami, has handled 100,000 boxes of fresh flowers this season, and stored 1,027 pallets of fresh roses from Colombia and Ecaudor.
Companies such as CrowleyFresh are preparing for the next flower rush in May for Mother’s Day — a rush that is expected to yield more than 125,000 roses and carnations.
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