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SCHIPHOL: February 13, 2019. Valentine’s Day this year prompted a 10 percent rise in demand as AFKLMP Cargo shipped 3,300 tonnes of flowers to Europe from Kenya, Ecuador, and Colombia over a two-week period in January and February. They included an additional 57 million of Kenya’s famous Rhodos roses.

KLM SPL Valentines Day 2019To carry the increasing volume, KLM and Martinair used main deck B747-400 freighter and Combi aircraft capacity from Nairobi, Quito and Bogotá plus four Air France B777 freighter flights that were re-routed from Nairobi to Paris via Amsterdam.

AFKLMP Cargo says it shipped over 84,000 tonnes of flowers last year from Africa and Latin America to Schiphol for eventual distribution in the Dutch, English, Italian, French, Russian and Asian - most notably Japanese - markets.

Building on years of experience in the fresh flower business that remains centered in Aalsmeer near Schiphol Airport, AFKLMP Cargo, Schiphol Cargo and leading perishables trader Royal FloraHolland have established the Holland Flower Alliance to maintain a sustainable and innovative supply chain from grower to wholesaler.

“We met seasonal peak flower demand for this year’s Valentine’s Day with enormous success. We are proud to show our strong commitment and professional dedication to the international flower business, which has a proven history over so many decades,” commented AFKLMP executive vice president Marcel de Nooijer.

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