Flights and flowers all the way at Stansted as the romantic rush for Valentine’s Day begins


Stansted Airport plays cupid for the nation’s romantics - as 200 tonnes of flowers arrived last week ahead of Valentine’s Day.


Cargo flights have flown in tens of thousands of roses of every colour and variety from Kenya and Colombia to warm the hearts of romantics all over Britain.

“Most people think an airport is just for holidays or business, but the arrival of thousands of roses shows that air travel plays an important role in so many aspects of everyday life,” said Graeme Ferguson, Cargo Director at MAG, which includes Stansted.

Some 230,000 tonnes of freight is shipped annually through Stansted on 11,000 cargo flights to and from 200 countries including textiles, fruit and vegetables, flowers, electronics, pharmaceuticals, mail, race-horses and Formula One equipment.

“The airport is a key port of entry for time sensitive goods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers from the major exporting nations in South America and Africa on scheduled freighter services operated by carriers including Martinair, Cargolux, Panalpina and ANA Airline Management.

“The demand for many different goods and products in the winter months cannot always be met by UK producers alone so supply has to be supplemented by foreign imports. Stansted is the UK gateway for that traffic with the airport becoming especially busy around Valentine’s Day with the increased demand for red roses in particular,” said Graeme. 

Leading carriers operating freight services at Stansted include Asiana, FedEx, Martinair, Cargolux, Panalpina, Qatar, Royal Mail, Silk Way, ANA Airline Management, Titan, TNT, UPS and West Atlantic.


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London Stansted is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 22 million passengers a year. The airport is ideally located in between the global tech and life science hubs of London and Cambridge.

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