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AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • FEBRUARY-MARCH 2018 • Page 15 year-to-date numbers reaching double-digit growth. Passenger traffic Meanwhile, global passenger traffic was up 7.5 per cent in November on a year-over- year basis. This was above the already-robust 6.5 per cent year-over-year from January to November. Asia-Pacific (+10.6 per cent), Africa (+10.5 per cent) and Europe (+8.1 per cent) all post- ed particularly high growth in November. International traffic was a key driver for these increases, especially for European and Asia-Pa- cific markets. Strong overall business and con- sumer confidence continued to boost carri- ers offering low cost options. Africa continued to experience a strong recovery, following the recession that affected the continent’s largest economies Nigeria and South Africa. On the other hand, Asia-Pacific’s domestic traffic rose significantly during the month, reaching +9.3 per cent. The figure remained below the region’s international traffic growth, however, which stood at +12.9 per cent. Total passenger traffic in North America, Latin America-Caribbean and the Middle East grew at a more moderate pace, reaching +4.8, +3.8 and +3.5 per cent respectively. Both North America and Latin America-Car- ibbean were negatively affected by weather events during September, the effects of which are progressively receding. The Middle East’s growth in passenger traffic was still disrupt- ed by tensions between major players in the region, with internal strife disrupting Yemen and the partial blockade against Qatar still in place. At the local level, Asia-Pacific’s largest markets enjoyed significant growth in Novem- ber, with Indonesia’s passenger traffic rising at +17.9 per cent for its major commercial airports, Thailand at +15.9 per cent, India at +14 per cent and China at +12.5 per cent. On a year-to-date basis, India and Indonesia are set to post double-digit growth for 2017. Latin America-Caribbean international pas- senger traffic reached +6.5 per cent, close to its year to date figures of +6.6 per cent, after suffering a decline in October. This recovery could bring the region’s growth rate to more than seven per cent by end year. Current global growth by November’s end was 6.5 per cent, in line with 2016 numbers. Unless December numbers bring surprises, this year should bring another period of high growth for the airport industry. “We may partner, we may buy ...” Seko says forwarders and tech partners will be focus of global expansion project SEKO Logistics is seeking to expand its global footprint by recruiting new partners and making strategic acquisitions in both the forwarding and technology sectors. Spearheading the change is chairman of the company William Wascher, who has a major project to be announced at the end of Q1 2018. He says this will prompt a wa- tershed expansion for Seko in terms of its global reach. Wascher said: “We’re ready to grow at an even faster pace as our upcom- ing news will demonstrate. We’re evaluating tuck-in acquisitions, partners and ‘out of the box’ expansion opportunities. “This includes engaging with small independent forwarders that want to hear about the value of joining our network as well as technology companies in the logistics space that want to join forces with Seko. “We may partner, we may buy. The first thing for other companies to realise is that we’re ready to listen - and able to demonstrate what coming together with Seko can do for them and their customers.” William Wascher WFS wins United Cargo top gong UNITED Cargo has acknowledged the ‘outstanding achieve- ment’ of the Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) team in Am- sterdam for winning the airline’s ‘Best Station of the Year’ in its Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region in 2017 for a third consecutive year. The award was announced at United Cargo’s Annual Con- ference in Houston. In a message to the WFS team in Amsterdam, Dave Yeat- man, cargo operations manager at United Airlines, said: “Our annual ‘Best Station’ awards recognize the interna- tional ground handling operations which meet and exceed the highest standards of safety, security and service excel- lence, and which proactively support United Cargo and our customers through the quality of service they provide. To have earned this award in our EMEIA region for the third year in-a -row is truly an outstanding achievement. Congrat- ulations to all the WFS team.