Miami, FL,
01:02 AM

Love is still in the air before Valentine’s Day at MIA

Nearly a billion flower stems are expected to arrive during the gateway’s peak season

Miami International Airport, the busiest U.S. airport for flowers imports to the U.S. by air, welcomed 1.1 billion flower stems in the six weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day in 2020 – up 3.4 percent from the previous year.

After setting a new record of 2.32 million tons of total cargo volume in 2020 – up by 57,382 tons from the previous year – MIA expects its flower business to be in full bloom once again this peak season, despite the pandemic.

MIA’s bountiful bouquet of flower imports from January 1 to February 15 in 2020 included nearly 326 million roses, 93 million rose bouquets, and 278 million mixed bouquets. The airport expects to see similar numbers arrive for sweethearts across the U.S. this year as well.

MIA receives 89 percent of all U.S. flower imports by air – a total of 240,162 tons valued at $1.1 billion in 2019 – making it the undisputed flower gateway of the Americas.