Lufthansa Cargo will transport 900 tonnes of the long-stemmed flowers on its Quito – Frankfurt, Bogota – Frankfurt and Nairobi – Frankfurt routes this year on freighters for Valentine’s Day – equivalent to some 10 million individual roses.
Most of the roses begin their journey in Bolivia, Ecuador or Kenya as these countries have the ideal climate for cultivating these flowers and they have the best growing conditions all year round.
Lufthansa Cargo said to ensure these floral tokens of love reach their recipients in full bloom, they must be transported quickly and carefully at a constant temperature of two to four degrees Celsius along the entire logistics chain and all flowers are moved via its Fresh/td product.
The flowers only remain in Frankfurt Airport for a short while. Just a few hours after landing, the roses are transported onwards on the Main river out into all of Europe – primarily to other German cities, but also to neighbouring countries, including Austria and Switzerland.