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AIRCARGO ASIA-PACIFIC • NOV-DEC, 2018 • Page 9 and five per cent respectively. Despite the close results for July, Asia-Pacific maintained its lead against the two other regions on a year-to-date basis, reaching 8.2 per cent, against 6.4 per cent for Europe and 5.2 per cent for North America. North America’s performance remained robust given its mature market status. The region’s slight slowdown was driven almost en- tirely by its international passen- ger market, which dropped from a 7.3 per cent growth figure in June to four per cent in July. The Middle East’s passenger market, seemingly heading for an annual decline until June, has been picking up speed since then. The region posted a 6.9 per cent increase in July, after a surprisingly high 8.5 per cent one month prior. The two strong months boosted its year-to-date growth to 1.7 per cent by the end of the month, from -0 .8 per cent in May. Finally, Latin America’s mo- mentum recovered in July with growth of 4.8 per cent on a year- over-year basis, after posting a fairly slow month of June (having posted 2.7 per cent). Faced with a cycle of macroeconomic shocks in large economies such as Brazil and Argentina, the region has been growing at a middling rate for the past two years. “The global aviation industry achieved particularly strong results in 2017. Although 2018 figures up to July remain robust, achieving similar results may prove difficult this year”, said Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World. “Furthermore, it is clear that trade tensions around the world are starting to take their toll on global exports. “International passenger traf- fic, which had been benefiting from a significant upsurge since the start of the year, slowed down in July. This brought the segment’s growth rate closer to the results posted by the domes- tic market.” PCN goes green in a big way in San Jose PROJECT Cargo Network (PCN) recently held what it called the greenest meeting in the industry’s history. Thousands of air travel miles were saved by holding the net- work meeting in one place so that members didn’t have to make countless individual trips to visit their fellow partners who are situ- ated all over the world. Secondly, most similar events use hundreds of single-use plastic water bottles over their duration, which can take between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose. Instead, PCN provided delegates with BPA-free reusable aluminium bottles and the hotel supplied pitchers of water in the confer- ence room. PCN also gave delegates reusa- ble, recyclable conference bags. The summit was held at the Real InterContinental in San José, which uses alternative energ y most of the time. PCN president and chief exec- utive Rachel Humphrey said: “As many PCN members are working in the renewable energy field, and the head office holds an ISO 14001 Environmental Management certificate – this was an apt and in- spiring country to host our meet- ing. We welcomed senior execu- tives from more than 60 countries to our gathering in Costa Rica, and had the satisfaction of making a small contribution to promoting a greener attitude.” The organisation welcomed Fernanda Bolaños from the Minis- try of Foreign Trade to the open- ing session. Other highlights of the event included special guest, HLPFI’s co-founder and managing editor Ian Matheson, who gave an entertaining 10-year recap of the industry and James Celano of Wise Tech, who promoted his system. The summit also raised more than US$4000 for local grassroot Type 1 Diabetes charity EDPD, where funds will go towards print- ing education booklets, a Youth Diabetes Camp and expanding projects at healthcare centres. Humphrey was recently elected a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Trinity Forum goes to Doha AIRPORT commercial revenues conference the Trinity Forum will be held in Doha in 2019, the first time the event has been hosted in Qatar. The conference, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, ACI World and ACI Asia-Pacific, will be hosted by Hamad International Airport (HIA), Qatar Airways and will take place from 30-31 Octo- ber 2019.