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Luxembourg says it with flowers: Hola Quito!

QUITO, Ecuador: July 05, 2017. Cargolux Airlines has added Quito to a four-times a week roundtrip B747 freighter service that links Luxembourg, Curitiba and Sao Paulo in Brazil, Mexico City and Amsterdam.

The airline introduced direct flights from South and Central America to Amsterdam last year to serve the country's flower markets.

CV QuitoIn 2015, Ecuador cut flower exports totaled US$761 million with 41 percent going to the U.S., 18 percent to Russia, 9.5 percent to the Netherlands and 3.8 percent to Spain.

The Dutch share of world flower exports is 43 percent according to a 2016 report from the country's Rabobank. Colombia, Kenya, Ecuador and Ethiopia passed the Netherlands' share in 2015 and now account for 44 percent in global cut flower exports. In 2014 the share was 33 percent and in 2005, 25 percent.

In addition to Ecuador, the top cut flower exporters by value were the Netherlands (US$3.53 billion); Colombia, (US$1.3 billion); Kenya, (US$653 million) and Ethiopia, (US$605 million).

In 2015 the top importers were the U.S., (US$1.55 billion); the Netherlands, (US$1.23 billion); Germany, (US$1.17 billion); the UK, (US$1.01 billion) and Russia, (US$496 million).

Ecuador was originally added to the Cargolux network in late 2000 and the airline says it has offered 17 years of uninterrupted service from the country to Luxembourg's Findel Airport – which has just re-opened a passenger terminal after nine years of closure and 11 months of "intensive" reconstruction as passenger traffic increased 18.2 percent in the first six months of 2017.

"Today we officially re‐opened Terminal B, which is another milestone in the history of Luxembourg Airport," declared Johan Vanneste, CEO of lux‐Airport in describing the facility that handles regional services by Luxair Bombardier Q400s, Lufthansa CRJ 900s, Embraer E‐Jets from LOT and KLM, and the ATR42 from Air France's Hop!

Findel provides direct services to 75 destinations and last year served over three million passengers and handled 821.000 tonnes of freight – making it the sixth largest freight hub in Europe.

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