- The growth in seasonal exports was up 16% as compared to our 2016 records.
- 13 airlines operating 235 flights were involved in the 2017 season.
Quito, February 15, 2017.- An export volume of 13,766 metric tons of flowers is the final balance of the 2017 Valentine's Day season at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport, which took place during 19 days between January 23 and February 10.
To meet the demand for exports, 13 airlines arrived, which used 235 exclusive cargo flights, 17% more than the 201 flights that operated in Quito in 2016 during the same season.
"The volume exported this year on Valentine's Day surpasses all records from previous years," says Andrew O'Brian, President and CEO of Corporación Quiport. "The growth of volume represents 16% as compared to the amount reached in 2016 and a 10% growth on flower exports in this season as compared to 2015." The 2016 season experienced a drop in flower exports due to internal problems in the European market.
The optimal performance of flower exports on Valentine’s Day is caused by several factors, in which the cargo infrastructure and the operational characteristics of the Quito airport stand out. The Mariscal Sucre airport has 45 thousand square meters exclusively destined to cargo activities, between the cargo terminal and platforms.
"An activity of this magnitude means that Quiport meticulously coordinates and executes with precision to avoid congestion on the platforms and possible delays, and the knowledge and professionalism of all the staff that manages the operations is key," explained Andrew O' Brian.
This season, the cargo airlines that frequently operate in Quito were joined by Singapore Airlines Cargo, Qatar Cargo and Skylease, expanding the destination network of the Ecuadorian flower that reaches markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Ecuadorian flowers are the most sought after by international markets thanks to their high quality, which is obtained as a result of the country’s geographical and climatic conditions. The excellent quality of the Ecuadorian flower is preserved by proper handling throughout the entire process of cutting, packaging, consolidation, palletizing and air transport, in which the modern facilities of the Quito Airport export terminal ensure the best treatment for the flower.
About Corporación Quiport S.A.
Corporación Quiport is the company that is in charge of the comprehensive management of the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador, located in Tababela, 24 kilometers from the country's capital.
Quiport is comprised of important companies with vast experience in airport concessions and operations: CCR de Brasil, Odinsa S.A. de Colombia, and HAS Development Corporation (HAS-DC) from the United States.