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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • OCT-NOVEMBER 2016 • Page 5 Europe In Europe, all major freight hubs showed an increase in air freight activity. Germany, France and the united Kingdom - the three largest air freight markets in the region - witnessed 6.6, 5.1 and 6.7 per cent growth respectively in september. However, the main drivers for the high regional freight movement were the double-digit growth rates observed at major commercial airports in Turkey, Italy, spain, Luxembourg, Russian Federation and switzer- land (19, 10.8, 13.5, 14.1, 20.9 and 14.2 per cent respectively). Istanbul-Atatürk (IsT) posted the strongest air freight volume growth of 11,500 tonnes (+17.7 per cent), followed by shereme- tyevo (sVO, +129.5 per cent or +10,000 tonnes) that had been recovering from extremely low freight activity. significant growth was also observed at Frankfurt (FRA, +6.2 per cent or +10,000 tonnes), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG, +5.2 per cent or +8,600 tonnes) and Luxem- bourg (LuX, +14.1 per cent or +8,300 tonnes). Latin America-Caribbean The three largest air freight markets of the region - Colombia, Mexico and Brazil - showed mixed results. While Colombia plunged into negative territory at -0 .7 per cent (-550 tonnes), Mexico grew by a strong 10.8 per cent rate (+6,640 tonnes) and Brazil started to show signs of recovery (-2 .4 per cent or + 1,500 tonnes) at its major commercial airports. At the individual airport level, the highest growth in absolute terms was registered at Mexico City (MEX, +12.8 per cent or +4,650 tonnes) and santiago (sCL, +13.8 per cent or + 3,190 tonnes). Middle East The two dynamic air freight markets of the region - united Arab Emirates and Qatar - reported mixed results. While six commercial airports in the uAE reported a loss of 2.7 per cent (-9,970 tonnes) in air freight volumes com- pared to the previous year, Doha (DOH) grew 16.3 per cent (+20,360 tonnes). strong growth was also recorded in Israel (+24.8 per cent or + 5,130 tonnes) and Oman (+19.8 per cent or +2,165 tonnes). North America The major drivers of North American traf- fic were Chicago-O’Hare (ORD, +16 per cent or +22,500 tonnes), Anchorage (ANC, +5.6 per cent or +11,700 tonnes) and Los Angeles (LAX, +5.9 per cent or +9,000 tonnes). Mem- phis (MEM, -0 .8 per cent or -3,070 tonnes) and Louisville (sDF, +4.6 per cent or +8,930 tonnes) showed mixed results. Medtronic, Ceva will operate Netherlands storage and distribution centre in Heerlen MEDICAL technology company Medtronic has started construction of a new 33,000 m2 distribution centre next to its existing facility in Heerlen, Netherlands. The new centre will enable the company to reach more than 15,000 hospitals and clinics in Europe within 24 hours. Medtronic will establish and operate the facility in close collaboration with Ceva Logistics. The first activities at are expected mid 2017. Managed by Ceva, it will store and distribute Medtronic’s medical devices including implants, surgical instruments and patient monitoring systems. This new facility provides a springboard for the continued growth of the medical logistical activities already under way in the region and the future development of Medtronic’s Medical Logistics Campus in Heerlen. “ The new distribution centre underscores our global expertise in the healthcare sector,” said Bart Beeks, executive vice president for Ceva Logistics in the Benelux. An artist’s impression of the new facility Changi reports pharma, perishables boost sINGAPORE’s Changi Airport this year has registered its best cargo per- formance this year thanks to growth in perishables and pharmaceutical demand. Between January and september demand at the airport has increased by 5.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.44 million tonnes. Pharmaceutical traffic increased by 19 per cent year on year over the first nine months while perishables grew by 11 per cent. Changi Airport Group assistant vice president, cargo and logistics devel- opment division Phau Hui Hoon said: “Earlier this year we brought together a community of airport partners to go through the IATA CEIV pharma certification and our ground handlers have been investing in cold chain facilities.” As a result, singapore ground handler sATs was the first facility in the world to get the CEIV certification and rival ground handler dnata is also going through the certification process. Another growing stream of traffic is e-commerce and sATs also is investing in a new e-commerce hub to add further parcel handling capacity at Changi.