Asia-Pacific cargo fell 4.9 per cent to 1.1 million tonnes in May compared with the same month last year, according to the Airports Council International (ACI). The region was the only one to record a fall in cargo throughput. All others reported increases between 2.1 per cent and 10.4 per cent. ACI manager for statistics and data processing Maria Hinayon said Asia-Pacific passenger traffic fell 7 per cent, its eighth straight monthly fall. The Middle East reported the highest growth, a 10 per cent increase to 115,247 tonnes, followed by Africa with a 6 per cent rise to 25,768 tonnes. Europe rose 4 per cent to 924,618 tonnes, and North America and Latin America/Caribbean rose 2 per cent each. Ms Hinayon said a survey of 539 airports worldwide showed that cargo throughput had grown by 1 per cent in May.