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Extra B767Fs help LATAM Cargo boost Valentine’s flower shipments

LATAM Cargo subsidiaries have reported a 36% increase in the transportation of Valentine’s Day flowers to the US and Europe this year compared to the 2023 season.

LATAM Cargo subsidiaries have reported a 36% increase in the transportation of Valentine’s Day flowers to the US and Europe this year compared to the 2023 season.

In just three weeks, the carriers conducted more than 400 takeoffs from Bogotá, Medellín, and Quito, transporting approximately 25,000 tonnes of flowers.

In preparation for the high season, the LATAM Group made 21 freighter aircraft available which included the recent addition to its fleet of two B767F cargo aircraft on a temporary basis.

This gave its cargo customers from Colombia and Ecuador added capacity and flexibility in this high demand period.

Additionally, significant investments were made at the group’s Miami hub, the primary arrival station for this product, to modernise the cold storage warehouses.

Claudio Torres Faini, international commercial director of South America at LATAM Cargo Chile, said: “To face this demanding season, two additional freighters were incorporated to allow us to accompany the growth of our customers and satisfy their need for capacity, achieving a 36% increase in the transportation of flowers compared to the previous year.

“This achievement was possible thanks to a close collaboration with customers, suppliers and the airport team, as well as the care and infrastructure needed for perishables. Together, a successful season was achieved.”

From Colombia, close to 13,000 tonnes of flowers, including roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums, were sent from the departments of Antioquia and Cundinamarca in over 220 flights, reflecting a 19% growth compared to Valentine’s Day 2023.

On the Ecuadorian side, the group significantly increased the capacity offered for this season, with over 200 frequencies, allowing them to export nearly 11,500 tonnes of flowers to the main global markets, almost doubling the amount transported during the 2023 season.

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