Over a five-week period in February and March, around 5,000 tonnes of flowers originating from well-known leading production and export countries like Kenya, Ecuador and Colombia were flown to Europe by Air France KLM Martinair Cargo.
Amsterdam remains Europe’s logistics centre for the flower market, with Schiphol airport as the world’s ‘preferred Flower Hub’, connecting all key production and consumer markets. The key markets for these flowers are European (primarily Dutch, English, Italian, French and Russian) and Asian (Japanese) markets.
Royal FloraHolland, located in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, is the largest trading centre for flowers in the world and plays a crucial role in onward distribution.
In 2016, AF-KLM Group shipped more than 60,000 tonnes of flowers from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ecuador and Colombia to Schiphol. Due to its high altitude, favourable climate and overall geographical location, Kenya offers perfect growing conditions for roses. Most of the roses (known as ‘Rhodas’) are red roses with stems averaging 30 to 50 centimetres in length.
Marcel de Nooijer, executive vice president Air France KLM Martinair Cargo says: “With one extra full-charter freight flight, upgrading aircraft capacity and making full use of our extensive wide-body belly passenger network, AF-KLM-MA Cargo is proud to show our ongoing commitment and dedication to the flower business, which has a proven history over so many decades”.
To strengthen the ‘preferred Flower Hub’ position, AF-KLm Cargo last year has formed the ‘Holland Flower Alliance’ together with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Royal FloraHolland.
Air France KLM Martinair Cargo offers main deck capacity: BOG-AMS, UIO-AMS, NBO-AMS and NBO-CDG. In addition, the Group offers a substantial volume of belly capacity on its passenger flights, with a total of 17 weekly frequencies from the three flower origins.
Aside from the Group’s SkyTeam Cargo membership it also has special partnerships with Air Mauritius Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, Delta Cargo, Etihad Cargo and Kenya Airways Cargo.