A woman places flowers at Sandringham Estate, following the death of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, in eastern England, Britain September 13, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

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ISTANBUL, September 15 (Reuters) – Turkish florists are using cargo planes rather than trucks as they rush to send as many flowers as possible to the UK to meet a deluge of orders after the death of Queen Elizabeth.

Cut flower orders have soared 90% since the Queen’s death, said Selcuk Celebi, a member of the Antalya Commodity Exchange, adding that Turkish florists have only been able to meet around 40% of the request.

“It’s the end of the season in (the Mediterranean province of) Antalya. We are in a period where production in the highlands of (the southern province of) Isparta is declining,” Celebi told Reuters. .

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Rising demand has forced florists to hire planes to deliver flowers to Britain, which takes a day compared to a week by truck, Celebi said.

Turkish Airlines (THYAO.IS) subsidiary Turkish Cargo said it had started shipping more than 500,000 flowers, weighing around 13 tons, to England for the funeral from Antalya and Isparta.

“Turkish Cargo has delivered around four tonnes of flowers to London since the start of the week,” he said.

Between September 5 and 12, official data showed that flower exports from Turkey to England increased by 40% compared to last year.

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Reporting by Yesim Dikmen; Written by Ali Kucukgocmen and Daren Butler; Edited by Ece Toksabay, William Maclean

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