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SAS Flies 1.6 Million Passengers in December

SAS has published its passenger traffic figures for December, which show 1.6 million passengers flew with the airline, marking a 6% increase from the previous year. During the same period, SAS’ capacity grew by nearly 12%, and RPK surged by 14%. The flown load factor for December stood at 73%.

SAS passengers.
Passengers on SAS plane. Source: SAS

“In December, Skellefteå City Airport became the first individual airport in Sweden to join SAS’s Corporate Sustainability program, and we hope this partnership will inspire other companies to join and be part of the journey to transform aviation for generations to come. SAS is also expanding its flight offerings and increasing capacity in the summer traffic program. This summer, SAS will fly to over 130 destinations in more than 40 countries, with added frequencies to popular destinations in Europe, North America and Asia and nine new destinations in Europe,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS

SAS Passenger Traffic Tables

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Dec23Change1Nov23- Dec23Change 1
ASK (Mill.)3,02711.5%6,29211.4%
RPK (Mill.)2,21914.1%4,57015.4%
Load factor73.3%1.6 pp72.6%2.5 pp
No. of passengers (000)1,5646.4%3,4048.5%
1 Change compared to same period last year, pp = percentage points
Source: SAS
Geographical development, scheduleDec23           vs.          Dec22Nov23-Dec23   vs.   Nov22-Dec22
RPKASK
Intercontinental13.8%14.9%
Europe/Intra-Scandinavia21.5%17.2%
Domestic-2.0%-9.5%
Source: SAS
Preliminary yield and PASKDec23Nominal change1FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.02-0.1%0.9%
PASK, SEK0.742.3%3.4%
Dec23
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)63.1%
Regularity98.5%
Change in total CO2 emissions23.5%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer1.7%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions40.5%
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 (including non-revenue and EuroBonus tickets). Rolling 12 months vs rolling 12 months from 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, the airline reports changes in CO2 emissions in total and per Available Seat Kilometers (ASK). This aligns with the airline’s overall goal to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

About SAS

SAS is the leading airline in Scandinavia with main hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm. It operates flights to various destinations in Europe, the USA, and Asia.

SAS spearheads sustainable aviation and the shift towards achieving net zero emissions.

The airline is lowering its carbon footprint by embracing sustainable aviation fuel and investing in state-of-the-art fuel-efficient aircraft and technology. SAS collaborates with partners to advance the industry’s goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. Aside from its flight services, SAS provides ground handling, technical maintenance, and air cargo services.

For more information, visit SAS Group’s website.

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