Hainan Meilan Airport said passenger numbers this month fell more than 80 per cent year on year as the Sars outbreak put a halt to most domestic ravel. Passenger throughput slumped 85 per cent between May 1 and May 19, the airport said in an announcement to the Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing yesterday. More than 90 per cent of passengers to the resort are domestic travellers. 'The figures were in line with those of the Beijing Capital International Airport. They show a big drop in domestic travellers,' said an analyst with a European brokerage. Beijing airport said earlier that passenger numbers slumped a comparative 88.3 per cent from May 1 to May 18. Domestic passenger traffic dived 89.3 per cent while international throughput fell 85.3 per cent. 'The [figures for] domestic segments at mainland airports have been a lot worse than expected. It is surprising,' the analyst added. At Shanghai Pudong International Airport, passenger traffic last month dropped more than 30 per cent year on year to 1.44 million, a company spokesman said yesterday. Preliminary figures for this month were unavailable. Until the end of April, the mainland's three major airlines - Air China, China Southern and China Eastern - lost about 2.67 billion yuan (HK$2.15 billion), according to the Xinhua. China Eastern had lost 660 million yuan since the heath crisis began and would accumulate a first-half loss of 2.3 billion yuan if Sars continued to affect its operations, Xinhua said.