† Summary

At Schiphol Airport, almost 925 tons of flowers, including the popular roses. That is an increase compared to the same period of the past four years. The increase can be explained by the demand for flowers in this period, in combination with the space available for air freight companies to take off and land at Schiphol. † Most flowers come from Kenya, Colombia, Ecuador and Ethiopia. Flowers can grow well there under a favorable climate. To keep the flowers fresh during the flight, it is important that they are transported at a temperature between 2 and 7 degrees Celsius. In addition, the flowers are transported in improved packaging, which means that more flowers can be taken on board per flight. This new packaging was designed by the Holland Flower Alliance – a collaboration between Royal FloraHolland, KLM Cargo and Schiphol.

† There are often different sizes of boxes in which the flowers are transported. When the boxes are all the same size, it is easier and easier to stack. As a result, more flowers fit on board per flight. So more roses to give away or, better yet, get on Valentine’s Day. With over 300 different varieties of roses, it is still the most popular flower variety in the world. Not only during Valentine’s Day, but also during International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day & Chinese Singles Day,

says Roos Bakker, Cargo Partnerships Director at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

† Valentine’s Day Bouquet? Almost 4775 tons of flowers arrive at Schiphol during this period

† Valentine’s Day Bouquet? Almost 4775 tons of flowers arrive at Schiphol during this period

Logistics floor of flower and plant auction Royal FloraHolland.

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