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ISTANBUL: February 23, 2018. Turkish Airlines carried over 86,000 tons of cargo and mail in January 2018 – a 33.5 percent over the same month last year.

THY flowersContributing to the growth was a 45 percent rise in Middle East traffic, 39 percent within Europe and 44 percent on domestic services.

The airline added 12 B777 freighter flights between Kenya and the Netherlands over the January-February period to cope with increased demand for pre-Valentine's Day flowers .

By mid-February the airline had delivered 3,000 tons of cut flowers from Nairobi to Holland that included three freighter flights a week to Maastricht.

In a related move, Panalpina has announced three more members of its Perishables Network: Cropa in Guatemala and Honduras; MIT Cargo in Sri Lanka and TML in Pakistan.

Improvements in infrastructure and production techniques, new transport routes, better packaging and equipment plus more varied products, provide market opportunities for Panalpina's agents explains Agent Relations manager Marco Spiess. "For the new member agents, our Perishables Network is a door opener for the global market."

Panalpina head of Perishables Colin Wells added: "In the perishables industry, shippers and local forwarders have traditionally followed their own practices. By working more closely together with our agents, we can establish our own standard and create a reliable and uniform environment for our customer where they enjoy the same experience wherever they may be."

The company says it plans to add more agents to its Perishables Network this year, particularly in Africa.

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