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2009-05-14 21:34:50

India's central bank in its latest survey lowered the country's estimated growth rate for the next 10 years to 7.5 percent a year from an earlier 8.8 percent. For the next 10 years, GDP is expected to grow at 7.5 percent, revised downwards from 8.8 percent in the last survey, the Reserve Bank of India said in its survey conducted every quarter of major macroeconomic indicators, the Press Trust of India reported. The bank noted the numbers in the survey were those of responding forecasters and...

2008-10-12 00:00:25

Airline failures, the credit crunch and a dismal airport experience have caused a sharp fall in the number of fliers from the UK. Martin Hickman reports Air travel is declining for the first time in almost 20 years, The Independent on Sunday discloses today. Airline failures, harder economic times and a dismal airport experience have caused a sharp downturn in the number of travellers boarding planes at British airports. IoS figures show that traffic at 18 leading UK airports fell by 4.5...

2008-10-10 18:00:24

Opponents fighting plans for a 130ft extension to the main runway at Birmingham Airport have a second chance to voice their disapproval. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has reopened public consultation on the contentious proposals for another 20 days. Environmental campaigners welcomed the decision after complaining not enough people were aware of the airport's intentions. Joe Peacock, of Birmingham Friends of the Earth, said:"We welcome the re-opening of the consultation but...

2008-10-06 21:00:22

The carrier's load factor of 86.9 per cent was almost two percentage points higher than the same month a year earlier and better than the 84.1% seen for the last year.Passenger numbers rose 22.1 per cent on a year ago as Luton-based easyJet benefited from its acquisition of GB Airways from British Airways, as well as promotions and sales.EasyJet carried out heavy promotional activity in June and July with up to 20 per cent off two million seats - a strategy aimed at boosting traffic in the...

2008-10-06 09:00:33

British Airways has reported that its passenger traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometers decreased 4.8% to 9.29 billion in September 2008, compared to 9.76 billion in the same period of 2007. The airline's passenger capacity, measured in available seat kilometers, increased 0.8% to 12.55 billion, compared to 12.46 billion in September 2007. Passenger load factor decreased 4.3 points to 74%, compared to 78.3% in September 2007. The airline has reported an 8.6% decrease in premium...

2008-10-02 15:00:38

By VAN DEN BERGH, Roeland AIR NEW ZEALAND is on track to beat its full year, zero profit forecast for 2009 despite carrying fewer passengers in the first two months of its financial year, but analysts warn tough times lie ahead. The airline's latest operating statistics show it carried 1.8 per cent fewer passengers in August than a year earlier, but since its June 30 balance date, group yields were up 7.3 per cent. Short haul yields were up 6 per cent and long haul up 11 per cent....

2008-09-29 18:00:29

By DAMON WAKE AIRLINE pilots warned yesterday that a serious crash was likely unless actionwas taken to stop members of the public shining powerful laser pointers into the cockpit of planes coming in to land. The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) said the perpetrators were dazzling pilots and effectively playing Russian roulette with hundreds of passengers. There have been dozens of laser incidents at airports around the UK in the last year, Balpa said, with dazzled pilots...

2008-09-27 03:00:13

By Chris Fay THE population of the North is growing more slowly than other areas of the country, statistics have revealed. From 1997 to last year, the population increased by one per cent across the region, but eight local authorities have experienced a decline, according to the Office for National Statistics. Nationally, the population has increased by five per cent in ten years with the numbers estimated to have reached 60,975,000 this year. The City of London has seen its...

2008-09-25 15:00:37

UP TO 20,000 Scots tourists have been hit by the collapse of a second travel firm in as many weeks. Some 2500 holidaymakers abroad and about 18,000 who have made advance bookings have been affected after budget package holiday firm Seguro Holidays stopped trading. The firm's main base is at Prestwick Airport in Ayrshire . The announcement follows the suspension on August 28 of all operations of transatlantic budget carrier Zoom Airlines . All Seguro customers abroad will be able to...

2008-09-23 21:00:22

By Hamisah Hamid BOSTON: The growth in air passengers will slow over the next two years due to economic uncertainties but this is due to pick up in 2010, a global body of airport operators said. "Global passenger volumes are predicted to surpass the five billion mark by 2009, reaching 11 billion - or 30 million passengers per day - by 2027," said Angela Gittens, director-general of Airports International Council (ACI). In the past few years, the aviation industry has steadily resumed its...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'