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India tops domestic air passenger traffic in September, China second: IATA

NEW DELHI: India’s domestic aviation sector grew the fastest in September as the country registered double-digit growth for 37 consecutive months, according to global airlines’ grouping IATA.

In September, India recorded a growth of 15.5 per cent while the global demand stood at 5.7 per cent.

“India topped the domestic growth chart again, while domestic US and Australia RPKs both fell in annual terms,” the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said today.

Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPKs) is a measure of demand.

For India, the grouping said that year-on-year demand in the domestic aviation sector slowed to 15.5 per cent in September but remained in double-digit territory for the 37th consecutive month.

“With the economy looking to have weathered the introduction of a nation-wide sales tax earlier in the summer, the strong upward SA (Seasonally Adjusted) traffic trend has strengthened: domestic RPKs have surged at an annualised rate of more than 40 per cent over the past three months,” IATA said in a report.

India has been registering good growth in recent years on the back of increased passenger demand.

Neighbouring China’s growth was 10.1 per cent last month, as per IATA.

About worldwide market, the grouping said that after a strong first half of the year and robust growth during the peak Northern-hemisphere summer period, industry-wide RPKs have now grown by 7.7 per cent so far this year to date.

“All told, 2017 is set to be another year of above-trend passenger growth, some way ahead of the five-year average pace (6.6 per cent),” it noted.

IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said global economic conditions support rising passenger demand, but with higher cost inputs, the demand stimulation from lower fares has waned, suggesting a moderating trend in traffic growth.

IATA represents nearly 275 airlines that account for 83 per cent of global air traffic. (IANS)

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Burgers are one of the most ordered dishes on Swiggy Food delivering app. Pexel

Although biryani is the most popular dish in India, Indians are far from cutting down on fast foods, suggest new data from online food delivery platform Swiggy, which is completing five years this week.

Higher intake of fast food is often linked to rise in obesity.

Subway, Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s and Burger King clocked the highest number of orders in five years, said Swiggy, which has entered over 290 cities since launch in 2014.

Swiggy revealed the biryani order rate stood at 43 per minute, followed by dosa and burgers in the list of most ordered dishes on Swiggy. Among desserts, gulab jamun topped the order chart with rasmali at a distant second.

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Fast food is most popular among Swiggy customers. IANS

The data also revealed a surprise and showed coffee, not tea, was the go-to drink for most Swiggy clients.

The demand for vegetarian foods is also on the rise with most cities having close to double vegetarian orders over non-vegetarian items, according to the data with “pure veg” being the most popular filter on the app.

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Swiggy claimed to have over 2 lakh delivery partners with women executives alone delivering over 2.5 lakh orders in the past five years.

A Bengaluru man, who placed 17,962 orders with Swiggy, has emerged as the platform’s most loyal customer. (IANS)