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SAS Passenger Numbers Surge in Summer

Over 2 Million Passengers Fly with SAS in June 2023

June 2023 was a milestone month for SAS, with 2.4 million passengers choosing the Scandinavian carrier for their journey. 

SAS’s passenger numbers in June had a robust 23% increase on last year’s figures for the same period. In fact, it’s the airline’s highest monthly passenger count since before the global health crisis.

SAS expanded its capacity by 17% and experienced a corresponding 17% rise in Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK). With a flown load factor of 81%, it’s clear that the airline’s wings are steadily regaining their pre-pandemic strength.

“We are pleased to see a continued positive trend for passenger demand. 2.4 million passengers traveled with SAS in June, up 23 percent compared to the same month last year and the highest passenger figure since before the pandemic. Air Traffic Control capacity issues in Copenhagen continued in June, with a heavy impact on SAS, as Copenhagen Airport is our main hub. For SAS, one out of four flights that experienced operational disruptions in June was due to these issues. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board our aircraft as we enter July, the busiest month of the year”, says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS passenger numbers: ASK, RPK tables

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Jun23Change1Nov22-Jun23Change1
ASK (Mill.)4,00316.7%25,27620.1%
RPK (Mill.)3,22116.9%18,71634.6%
Load factor80.5%0.1 pp74.0%8.0 pp
No. of passengers (000)2,38622.6%14,47934.3%
Source: SAS

1 Change compared to same period last year, pp = percentage points

SAS Passenger Numbers by Region

Geographical development, scheduleJun23  vs. Jun22Nov22-Jun23   vs.   Nov21-Jun22
 RPKASKRPKASK
Intercontinental18.6%22.3%58.9%31.7%
Europe/Intrascandinavia19.3%16.5%28.3%17.7%
Domestic16.7%17.8%20.8%12.0%
Source: SAS

SAS KPIs for June 2023

Preliminary yield and PASKJun23Nominal change1FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.214.6%2.4%
PASK, SEK0.964.5%2.3%
    
   Jun23
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)  61.8%
Regularity  97.3%
Change in total CO2 emissions  29.9%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer,  2.6%
Carbon offsetting of passenger-related emissions  38.1%
Source: SAS

Definitions:
RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers
ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)

Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger-related carbon emissions divided by total available seat kilometers (incl non-revenue and EuroBonus tickets), rolling 12 months vs. rolling 12 months the previous year

Carbon offsetting of passenger-related emissions – Share of SAS passenger-related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets, and SAS’ staff travel) during the month

From the fiscal year 2020, SAS reports the change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with their overall goal to reduce total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.


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