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SAS Serves 7.1m Passengers in Summer: The Stats to Know

In August 2023, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) experienced a notable surge in passengers. In all, 2.3 million travelers opted for SAS during the month. This is a robust 22% rise from the figures reported in August last year. Importantly, this growth wasn’t isolated. SAS increased its capacity by 16% and saw Revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) increase by 17% compared to August 2022. The airline also reported a load factor of 79% for the month.

In August 2023, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) experienced a notable surge in passengers. In all, 2.3 million travelers opted for SAS during the month.

A Successful Summer for SAS

During the summer months – June to August – SAS catered to an impressive 7.1 million passengers.

Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS, expressed his satisfaction with the results. “We worked hard to ramp up for the summer season, and we are pleased to see the strong demand and high passenger numbers. We continue to see healthy travel demand and will increase capacity for the winter season, too.”

Delving into the SAS Passenger Numbers

Here are the highlights of SAS’s traffic data in August of this year:

SAS Total Traffic (Scheduled and Charter) for August 2023:

  • ASK (Available seat kilometers): 4,262 Million, an increase of 16.4% YoY.
  • RPK (Revenue passenger kilometers): 3,360 Million, up by 16.6% YoY.
  • Load Factor: 78.8%, a minor uptick of 0.1 percentage points from the previous year.
  • Number of Passengers: 2.258 Million, a rise of 22.0% YoY.

Geographical Traffic Development (August 2023 vs August 2022):

  • Intercontinental: RPK at 7.9% and ASK at 19.9%.
  • Europe/Intra-Scandinavia: RPK saw a 29.6% increase, while ASK increased by 24.0%.
  • Domestic: RPK surged by 16.4%, and ASK saw a growth of 5.3%.

Preliminary Yield and PASK for August 2023:

  • Yield, SEK: 1.06, a nominal change of 6.7%, and an FX-adjusted change of 2.6%.
  • PASK, SEK: 0.82, with a 6.3% nominal change and 2.2% FX adjusted change.

SAS Operational KPIs

Operational punctuality remained high, with 75% of flights arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled time, and the flight regularity stood at 99.1%. Environmental endeavors showcased a 32% reduction in total CO2 emissions. However, the CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer increased by a marginal 1.7%. Notably, 33.8% of passenger-related emissions were offset, underlining SAS’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

SAS Passenger Traffic Performance August (Tables)

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Aug23Change1Nov22- Aug23Change 1
ASK (Mill.)4,26216.4%34,41025.8%
RPK (Mill.)3,36016.6%26,25238.5%
Load factor78.8%0.1 pp76,3%7.0 pp
No. of passengers (000)2,25822.0%19,15337.2%
1 Change compared to the same period last year, pp = percentage points
Geographical development, scheduleAug23           vs.          Aug22Nov22-Aug23   vs.   Nov21-Aug22
Preliminary yield and PASKAug23Nominal change1FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.066.7%2.6%
PASK, SEK0.826.3%2.2%
Carbon offsetting of passenger-related emissionsAug23
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)75%
Change in total CO2 emissions32%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer1.7%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions33.8%
Source: SAS

RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers, a measure of ticket sales
ASK – Available seat kilometers, a measure of airline capacity
Load factor – RPK/ASK, a measure of how full the airline’s aircraft aircraft cabins are
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled), a measure of how much the airline makes on tickets sold.
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled), a measure of how much the airline makes on its capacity.

How SAS calculates CO2 metrics
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 fiscal year 2020, SAS reports the change in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) to align with the airline’s overall goal to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

SAS Emphasis on Sustainability

Adhering to its mission, SAS has been transparent in its carbon footprint reporting since fiscal year 2020. The aim is to align with their overarching objective: slashing total CO2 emissions by 25% come 2025, relative to their 2005 stats.


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