Top flower exporter scrambled to line up cargo carriers to ensure beautiful blooms would be available at florists around the world

NAIROBI, Kenya—A logistical logjam with global airborne trade threatened to scupper the most profitable—and romantic—time of the year for one of the world’s top rose exporters: Kenya.

In recent months, the accelerating global economic recovery, a boon for blooms, has diverted cargo aircraft to more-profitable routes in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, and away from less-profitable ones in Africa.

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