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SAS Served 2.3m Passengers in September 2023

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2.3 million passengers traveled with SAS in September, a 17 percent increase compared to September last year. SAS’ capacity increased 18 percent, and RPK increased 18 percent, compared with the same month last year. The flown load factor for September was 78 percent. 

2.3 million passengers traveled with SAS in September,

“We are pleased to see a continued strong demand for travel. 2.3 million passengers traveled with SAS in September, up 17 percent from the same month last year. September also came with other good news for SAS, as we won a Red Dot Award for our redesigned app and earned a five-star rating in the 2023 global APEX customer ranking. Both achievements are a result of our hard work to continue building Scandinavia’s leading airline,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS

SAS Traffic Figures

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Sep23Change1Nov22- Sep23Change 1
ASK (Mill.)4,10817.6%38,51824.9%
RPK (Mill.)3,21418.1%29,46635.9%
Load factor78.2%0.3 pp76.5%6.2 pp
No. of passengers (000)2,32417.4%21,47634.7%
Source: SAS

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

Geographical development, scheduleSep23           vs.          Sep22Nov22-Sep23   vs.   Nov21-Sep22
Source: SAS
Preliminary yield and PASKSep23Nominal change1FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.10-1.2%-2.9%
PASK, SEK0.84-0.9%-2.6%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)76.8%
Change in total COemissions 26.8% 
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer1.7%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions43.7% 
Source: SAS

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

CO2 Emissions Calculations

  • 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 changes in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK). This aligns with the airline’s overall goal to reduce our total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

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