LAN transports 200 million flowers
FEB 12, 2015: LAN cargo and its affiliates will transport more than 16 million bouquets (a total of 200 million flowers) to ports around the world, including Sydney, during the four-week rush that leads up to Valentine’s Day. During the Valentine’s season, when flower exports reach
their peak, LAN will transport around thirty per cent of the total flower market in the region, or around 10,400 tons.
Approximately 170 LAN cargo and LAN cargo Colombia freighters (10 per day) take off from Ecuador and Colombia, tripling the monthly average. The Bogota-Miami route, which regularly transports 720 tons of flowers per week, reaches 2,100 tons per week during the Valentine’s season.
Freighters take off from Bogota, Medellin (Colombia) and Quito (Ecuador) and fly mainly to the United States and the Netherlands. The majority lands in Miami, one of the world’s most important distribution hubs, where Lan cargo owns the largest cold-storage warehouse operated by a foreign air carrier at an airport in the US.
As the flowers arrive at LAN cargo facilities in Miami and, while rigorously maintaining the cold chain required for their transportation and preservation, they are distributed to different cities in the United States and, in smaller quantities, to Europe via Amsterdam and Australia and New Zealand via Sydney.