MIAMI (AP) — Valentine's Day is just a single day on the calendar, but for people in the flower business, the romantic holiday is expected to bring a big increase in floral gifts.
At Miami International Airport, United Parcel Service added 38 "flower flights" from Colombia and other countries to handle the increase. Last year, the delivery company handled 93 million flowers; this year, it's expected to carry more than 118 million flowers.
UPS Air Cargo marketing manager Domingo Mendez says that's an increase of 28 percent.
At the airport, flowers are hustled from refrigerated planes to refrigerated warehouses. The flowers, packed in cardboard boxes, then clear customs, are inspected by U.S. agriculture officials — and then are speed off to flower shops, supermarkets, and other retailers.