SAS sees a 20% increase in traffic in May

Delivered on December 19, 2019

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS issued this traffic report for May 2021:

In May, more than 400,000 passengers flew with SAS, an increase of about 20% compared with April. During the month, SAS increased capacity 9% to meet higher demand. Passenger numbers remain low compared with a normal year, but the increase compared with April is also reflected in an improved load factor, which rose almost 6 percentage points.

“We are looking forward to the summer and are pleased with the gradual increase in demand. To reduce uncertainty when booking flights, SAS is offering more flexible ticket rules and generous rebooking alternatives. To make it easier for passengers, we are also launching SAS Travel Ready Center, a digital tool to upload necessary travel documents and to access information about current travel restrictions,” says Karl Sandlund, acting CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic May21 Change1 Nov20- May21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1,078 513.6% 6,347 -62.3%
RPK (Mill.) 389 297.7% 1,932 -82.2%
Passenger load factor 36.1% -19.6 p.p. 30.4% -34.1 p.p.
No. of passengers (000) 404 155.6% 2,259 -76.0%
Geographical development, schedule May21           vs.          May20 Nov20- May21   vs.   Nov19-May20
Intercontinental n/a n/a -94.1% -63.3%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 744.1% 586.8% -84.9% -76.4%
Domestic 119.9% 179.4% -55.0% -30.8%
SAS charter traffic May21 Change1 Nov20- May21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 0 n/a 35 -95.9%
RPK (Mill.) 0 4,898.7% 13 -98.2%
Load factor 25.0% n/a 38.6% -48.5 p.p.
No. of passengers (000) 0 3,766.7% 4 -98.5%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) May21 Change1 Nov20- May21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1,079 513.8% 6,382 -63.9%
RPK (Mill.) 389 297.8% 1,945 -83.2%
Load factor 36.1% -19.6 p.p. 30.5% -35.1 p.p.
No. of passengers (000) 404 155.7% 2.263 -76.5%

1 Change compared to same period last year. p u = percentage units

Preliminary yield and PASK May21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.20 -39.5% -42.0%
PASK, SEK 0.43 -60.8% -62.4%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 92.4%
Regularity 99.7%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -75.0%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -11.5%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 61%


RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers

ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl. non-revenue and EuroBonus), rolling 12 months
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS’ staff travel)

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

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROI (msn 9247) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 949004.

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