New Delhi, Feb 15 (PTI) Higher capacity deployment coupled with increased frequency on two routes helped budget carrier AirAsia India to make a robust 134 per cent growth in passenger traffic as it flew over half-a-million customers in October-December period of 2015.The airline carried a total of 5,08,407 passengers during the period as compared to 2,17,209 passengers flown by AirAsia India in the October-December quarter of calendar year 2014.”AirAsia India posted load factor of 84 per cent in Q4 2015, an increase of one per cent with a total of 0.51 million passengers carried (during the period),” the airline said in a statement.AirAsia India is a joint venture in which Malaysias AirAsia Bhd holds 49 per cent, Tata Sons Ltd 41 per cent and Arun Bhatia of Telestra Tradeplace Pvt Ltd the rest.The airline had commenced operations on June 12, 2014.AirAsia India operated a total of 6,07,680 seats (capacity) during the three months ending December 2015 as against 2,60,280 seats flown by the carrier in the same period of 2014, it said adding the capacity deployment grew 133 per cent during the quarter. According to the airline, it inducted one aircraft in the fleet, which took the total fleet to six Airbus A320s, besides adding Visakhapatnam in the route network during Q4-2015 while frequencies were increased on the Goa and Guwahati routes from New Delhi.Only yesterday, AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes had said that his Indian joint venture airline would add two more planes “shortly and a dozen later” without putting a time line to the induction of these planes.advertisementThe number of flights operated by the carrier also increased to 3,376 in October-December quarter of 2015 as compared to 1,446 flights in the same period of 2014, a growth of 134 per cent growth, it said. PTI IAS RAM RG
James Taylor, who was forced to retire at the age of 26 because of a serious heart condition, is looking ahead to a brighter future.The former England batsman has announced his engagement weeks after he made the call to hang up his boots. (England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Live Updates)Despite his career ending prematurely, Taylor is getting on with the rest of his life and proposed to girlfriend Josie Naylor last week.”Luckily for Josie’s sake, it wasn’t just a knee jerk reaction (to his condition). I’d had the ring for a few months, actually,” Taylor told the Good Morning Britain television programme on Wednesday.Great morning on @GMB thanks for having us! Just about managed to hold back the tears ?? #GMB pic.twitter.com/nGdJD69KqZ James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) May 18, 2016″We went for a nice picnic where we actually had our first picnic together, so it was pretty simple.”I couldn’t get my heart racing too much. I handed her the ring and kept it pretty simple.”Ms Naylor added: “It is nice to have something to smile about after all of this.”Taylor, who played county cricket for Leicestershire and then Nottinghamshire, was forced to retire with immediate effect last month after scans revealed the condition.The 26-year-old’s diagnosis is similar to that of former Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in 2012.Taylor scored more than 9,000 first-class runs at an average above 46 and hit 20 centuries.advertisementHe won his seventh Test cap for England against South Africa at Centurion earlier this year.Taylor now wears a life vest or an external defibrillator, which could deliver an electric shock if he were to keel over and is having further tests, with surgery set for June.