Miami International Airport (MIA) will handle 91 per cent of all US flower imports for Valentine’s Day.
The busiest US airport for flower imports expects an average of 300,000 flower stems to arrive daily before Valentine’s Day.
From January 1 to February 15, MIA projects that a total of 1.4 billion flower stems will have landed for sweethearts across the country – a 17 per cent increase over the same period in 2021.
The surge in flower power follows a six per cent increase in imports at MIA during last year’s peak season compared to 2020.
MIA receives flowers primarily from South America, for a total of more than 236,000 tonnes valued at nearly $1.2 billion annually.
MIA’s blooming flower trade was a key contributor to a new record of 2.7 million tonnes of total freight in 2021, for its second consecutive year of growth.