Love is in the air and it’s raining roses atthe Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport)!
Enhancing its reputation as the airport of choice for perishables in India, BLR Airport cargo witnessed a near two-fold increase in rose shipments in the run-up to Valentine’s Day this year.
Spreading the fragrance of roses across the globe, BLR Airport facilitated the movement of approximately 5.15 lakh kgs of roses to 25 international and domestic destinations vs. 2.7 lakh kgs shipped in 2021.
The demand for roses during the Valentine’s season in the domestic market has seen a considerable rise this season. Domestic shipments have witnessed a significant improvement, having increased to 3.15 lakh kgs (~6.5 million stems) vs. 1.03 lakh kgs in 2021, recording over 200% growth.
Around 2 lakh kgs (~7.3 million stems) were exported to international destinations this year vs. last year’s 1.7 lakh kgs.
“Bengaluru is the biggest exporter of roses in India,” said Mr. Satyaki Raghunath, Chief Strategy & Development Officer, BIAL.
“At BLR Airport, we take pride in becoming a channel to aid the local community, growers and shippers by facilitating shipment of their produce while maintaining freshness.
“Our cargo infrastructure, powered by technology, provides rapid distribution of perishable cargo, making BLR Airport the preferred cargo airport in South India.
“We will continue to work with our cargo partners to introduce new initiatives and facilities that cater to constantly evolving demand.
The top domestic destinations for roses include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati and Chandigarh.
Among the top international destinations were Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, London, Amsterdam, Kuwait, Auckland, Beirut, Manila, Muscat and Dubai.