SAS reports passenger traffic increased 50% in June

SAS issued this traffic report for June 2021:

More than 600,000 passengers flew with SAS in June, an increase of some 50% compared with May. As a result of increased demand, SAS raised capacity during the month almost 30% with a final load factor of 48%, up 12 percentage points compared with May.

“We are delighted to welcome more passengers in pace with the gradual increase in demand. SAS is continuing to open routes to popular summer destinations and is increasing capacity on existing routes to meet demand. In light of certain remaining restrictions, we are doing everything we can to facilitate a smooth travel experience for our passengers. The SAS Travel Ready Center digital tool allows passengers track updates to travel restrictions and prepare their trip online, thus ensuring everything is ready when they arrive at the airport,” says Karl Sandlund, acting CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Jun21 Change1 Nov20- Jun21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1 364 220.5% 7 711 -55.3%
RPK (Mill.) 653 193.3% 2 586 -76.7%
Passenger load factor 47.9% -4.5 p u 33.5% -30.7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 609 85.6% 2,868 -70.5%
Geographical development, schedule Jun21           vs.          Jun20 Nov20- Jun21 vs. Nov19-Jun20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental 843.7% 848.7% -91.2% -56.9%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 421.9% 327.8% -78.7% -69.2%
Domestic 52.4% 56.9% -48.0% -25.1%
SAS charter traffic Jun21 Change1 Nov20- Jun21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 24 1344.0% 58 -93.1%
RPK (Mill.) 10 1555.7% 23 -96.9%
Load factor 40.5% +5.2 p u 39.4% -47.7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 4 4421.2% 8 -96.6%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Jun21 Change1 Nov20- Jun21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 1 388 224.9% 7 770 -57.1%
RPK (Mill.) 663 196.8% 2 609 -77.9%
Load factor 47.8% -4.5 p u 33.6% -31.7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 614 86.9% 2,877 -71.2%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Jun21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.07 -44.4% -44.7%
PASK, SEK 0.51 -49.2% -49.5%
Jun21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 89.7%
Regularity 99.0%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -70.2%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -12.3%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 67%

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 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.