American Airlines Cargo ships over 417 tonnes of cut flowers from the Dutch capital of Amsterdam for this year’s Valentine’s Day – a 15 per cent increase over the 358 tonnes of flowers moved in 2019. Each year the carrier ships more than 453,000 kg of flowers during Valentines Day with this year seeing a busy uplift from 29 January through 13 February.
From the farm to the famous Aalsmeer flower auction, exporters buy the blooms to send off around the world. From there, American either flies them directly to Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) or trucks them to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) to be flown to destinations such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.
While Amsterdam and London are both top exporters for the Valentine’s rush, Miami also plays a large role in flower traffic during this time of year.
In 2019, American shipped 417 tonnes of flowers – notably roses and Baby’s Breath – from its Miami hub during the two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day. Many of these shipments originated in South America – primarily Quito, Ecuador, and Bogota, Colombia – destined for the US and other international locations.