China Southern Airlines, the nation’s largest carrier by fleet size, said its net profit rose by an estimated 15-fold in 2010 on surging demand for air travel and cargo transport. The volume of cargo transported this year is estimated to reach 6.2 million tonnes, up from 5.6 million tonnes in 2009. The carrier, which posted a net profit of 358 million yuan ($54 million) in 2009, did not disclose a specific earnings figure for last year in the preliminary forecast filed with the Shanghai Stock Exchange late Tuesday. “The demand for both passenger and cargo transportation services increased substantially,” the

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