US: Airports support peak flower season with special projects and infrastructure

In honor of Mother’s Day and the surge in airfreight demand that ensured mom would get her flowers on time, Cargo Airport News have identified three airport projects around the globe designed to meet peak season flower demand.

Peonies at the airport
Taking advantage of Anchorage Airport’s (ANC) northern geographic location, airport authorities have initiated a project to test the viability of farming flowers at the airport. The airport aims to provide fresh flowers during their peak season that may not be otherwise available elsewhere, while keeping freighters leaving the airport full. 

The airport planted peony seeds on a 400 square foot plot of land south of the airfield last autumn, which are now just beginning to bloom.

Miami International Airport (MIA) is well known for the high volumes of perishables that move through its airport. In the realm of flowers alone, MIA reported that during 2018 it handled 88.7% of all flowers coming into the United States by air. To support its perishable volumes and flower shipments, specifically, the airport offers special on-airport infrastructure and procedures. 

Expansion at Quito
Located in Ecuador’s capitol city of Quito, Quito Airport (UIO) serves as the conduit for the massive amounts of flowers – especially roses – grown in its surrounding area. To meet burgeoning demand for flowers and perishables, UIO is increasing its available cargo capacity and infrastructure.

Read more at Cargo Airport News (Chelsea Toczauer)

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