WORLDWIDE passenger traffic growth slowed to a near trickle in July, rising just three per cent against the same month last year. Geneva-based Airports Council International (ACI), which represents 430 airports around the world, said cargo volume rose just four per cent month-on-month while aircraft movements increased by a marginal one per cent. The first seven months of the year saw passenger traffic rising five per cent, cargo nine per cent and aircraft movements two per cent compared with the same period last year. The Pacific - which for ACI includes Australasia, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, San Francisco and Vancouver - recorded the highest growth in passenger traffic in July. It rose seven per cent. Traffic in Europe climbed six per cent while in Asia - which for ACI includes India and Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East - was up three per cent. Latin America and the Caribbean saw growth of two per cent while passenger traffic in North America was flat. Africa's traffic dropped five per cent. Double-digit cargo growth was recorded in Latin America and the Caribbean, rising by 18 per cent. Asia recorded a cargo volume increase of 15 per cent.