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IAG Cargo transports nearly 800 tons of flowers for St. Valentine’s Day
IAG Cargo will carry nearly 800 tons of flowers in the run up to St. Valentine’s Day.
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The most common variety of flowers carried by IAG Cargo are roses and carnations coming from Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya, Costa Rica, Guatemala and South Africa. The main destinations for these flowers are Madrid and London, followed by other Spanish cities such as Seville, Malaga, and Barcelona, along with Lisbon, Rome, Amsterdam, and Munich.
IAG Cargo controls the temperatures of delicate flower shipments at all times, to ensure that they arrive in optimum condition. The cargo terminals of both London-Heathrow and Madrid-Barajas airports are equipped with refrigerated and humidity-controlled ground transport and storage facilities.
While flowers are carried by IAG Cargo throughout the year, flower shipments peak in the run-up to All Saint’s Day (1 November), St Valentine’s Day (14 February) and Mother’s Day in the UK (13 March). Other high traffic dates for flower shipments include St George’s Day, honouring Barcelona’s patron saint on 23 April, and the day of the Virgin of the Pillar on 12 October, when an image of Saragossa’s patron is adorned with tens of thousands of flowers.
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