China Eastern Air May passengers up 14.14 pct yr-on-yr

Beijing (XFN-ASIA) - China Eastern Airlines said it carried

3.27 mln passengers in May, up 14.14 pct year-on-year.

In the first five months of the year, the Shanghai-based airline carried 15.22 mln passengers, up 8.94 pct from the same period last year.

Passenger load factor in May was 70.93 pct, up 2.58 percentage points year-on-year, while it also rose 0.64 percentage points in the first five months to 71.34 pct.

The cargo load factor fell 4.93 percentage points to 46.13 pct in May. For the first five months of the year, the cargo load factor was 48.37 pct, down 3.69 percentage points from the same period in 2006.

China Eastern carried 688,300 tons of cargo in May, down 0.98 pct year-on-year, while carrying 3.48 mln tons of cargo in the first five months, down 0.33 pct year-on-year.