April 27, 2020: With the Dutch embassy extending support to the Kenyan horticulture industry, Kenya Airways Cargo boosted up its operation of transporting 40 tonnes of flowers and vegetables to Amsterdam. Additionally, Kenya Airways will fly to New York, Geneva, Dubai, Paris, and Guangzhou in the coming weeks.
As part of the initiative to support Kenya's renowned horticultural industry, the airline supported by the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), Kenya Flower Council, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya, the European Union in Kenya, and the government of Kenya - more flights are being planned in the coming weeks to gear up for the Mother's Day celebration on May 10.
Flying its first B787 Dreamliner as cargo-only flight to Johannesburg (medical supplies and essential goods) and followed by another flight to London (40 tonnes of fresh produce) this month, Kenya Airways in association with the government of Kenya has carried critical medical supplies from China.
Recently, Air France KLM Martinair Cargo will operate two weekly cargo flights bringing 45-50 tonnes of cargo from Nairobi to Amsterdam. KLM's B777-300 passenger aircraft will be used with ample belly capacity. This comes in addition to the existing full freighter flights Air France KLM Martinair operates regularly. The exports will be dominated by cut flowers and other perishable products, inclusive of vegetables and fruits from Kenya to the Netherlands.
Netherlands for the last five years in a row has been ranked as the largest European market for Kenyan exports. It is also the largest export market for Kenyan products in Europe and the leading destination for Kenya's cut flowers, vegetables, and fruits.