Flowers drive business for Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo

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Mar 10, 2017: Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo has transported tonnes of flowers to meet the seasonal peak flower demand for Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day.

Over a five-week period (February/March), around 5,000 tonnes of flowers originating from well-known leading production and export countries like Kenya, Ecuador and Colombia were flown to Europe, where Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo has captured the biggest share of the market.

Amsterdam remains Europe’s logistics centre for the flower market, with Schiphol airport as the world’s ‘preferred Flower Hub’, connecting all key production and consumer markets. The greatest share of additional capacity is mainly intended to supply the European (primarily Dutch, English, Italian, French and Russian) and Asian (Japanese) markets.

Royal FloraHolland, located in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, is the largest trading centre for flowers in the world and plays a crucial role in onward distribution.

In 2016, AFKLMP Cargo shipped more than 60,000 tonnes of flowers from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ecuador and Colombia to Schiphol.

Marcel de Nooijer, executive vice president, Air France-KLM Martinair Cargo, says, “With one extra full-charter freight flight, upgrading aircraft capacity and making full use of our extensive wide-body belly passenger network, AFKLMP Cargo is proud to show our ongoing commitment and dedication to the flower business, which has a proven history over so many decades”.

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