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Love is in the air with Qatar Airways Cargo

60 million of roses out of Ecuador, Colombia, and Kenya have been shipped by Qatar Airways Cargo in the run-up to this year’s Valentine’s Day.

Whereas the big day itself lasts just 24 hours, at Qatar Airways Cargo, customers and cargo teams begin preparing months in advance, “with the flower farms projecting more or less the tonnage that will move for the Valentine season,” Qatar Airways Cargo Vice President Cargo Americas Mr. Ian Morgan explains. 

The main destinations out of Quito (UIO), Ecuador and Bogotá (BOG), Colombia, are in the U.S., Europe, Russia, and Australia. “This year, the Ecuadorian market had to deal with 24 per cent less capacity into Europe, and around 16 per cent less capacity into the U.S. market,” illustrates Ian, which led to three additional Quito-Miami (MIA) and four extra flights from Quito to Europe and onward to Doha, complementing the five regular weekly freighters out of Quito. Colombia has been well served with its two scheduled flights per week out of Bogotá.”

“This is Qatar Airways Cargo’s second Valentine season out of Colombia and our sixth season out of Ecuador,” continues Ian. These respective countries are the second and third largest flower exporters in the world, after the Netherlands.

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