Air France KLM’s flower boost
09 / 03 / 2017
Air France KLM Cargo recorded a boost in flower volumes over the last five weeks on the back of demand for Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day.
The Franco Dutch airline handled around 5,000 tonnes of flowers from countries like Kenya, Ecuador and Colombia during the last five weeks.
The carrier said that Amsterdam is one of Europe’s main flower logistics centres because it is home to Royal FloraHolland, the largest trading centre for flowers in the world.
In 2016, the carrier group 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 said: “With one extra full-charter freight flight, upgrading aircraft capacity and making full use of our extensive wide-body belly passenger network, [AF KLM Cargo] is proud to show our ongoing commitment and dedication to the flower business, which has a proven history over so many decades."
The carrier group last year formed the Holland Flower Alliance together with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Royal FloraHolland.