SAS reports its traffic was up 150% in December

In December almost one million passengers flew with SAS, an increase of more than 150% compared to the same month last year. SAS’ capacity also increased by more than 150% versus the same period last year and in comparison with last month, capacity remained similar. The flown load factor for December was 57%, an improvement of 24 percentage points compared to December last year.

“Christmas and New Year’s traveling were busy as expected which was positive. However, the development of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 meant that both customer demand as well as personnel capacity were affected throughout the industry, which had a negative impact on the actual number of flights during the month. We continue to be affected by the pandemic and face an unpredictable future, which means that we must be able to respond quickly to changes in customer demand,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Dec21 Change1 Nov21- Dec21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,310 144.3% 4,682 140.4%
RPK (Mill.) 1,301 315.8% 2,730 383.5%
Passenger load factor 56.3%        23.2 pp 58.3%  29.3 pp
No. of passengers (000) 977 151.6% 2,286 218.3%
Geographical development, schedule Dec21           vs.          Dec20 Nov21- Dec21   vs.   Nov20-Dec20
Intercontinental 1,057.8% 184.9% 1,010.6% 165.3%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 380.0% 260.3% 556.5% 305.2%
Domestic 72.1% 27.3% 109.8% 19.0%
SAS charter traffic Dec21 Change1 Nov21- Dec21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 97 1,658.4% 176 1,191.0%
RPK (Mill.) 73 3,635.8% 138 2,585.2%
Load factor 74.8% 39.6 pp 78.3% 40.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 20 3,834.7% 38 2,485.3%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Dec21 Change1 Nov21- Dec21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,407 153.1% 4,858 147.8%
RPK (Mill.) 1,373 336.2% 2,868 403.4%
Load factor 57.0% 24.0 pp 59.0% 30.0 pp
No. of passengers (000) 997 156.4% 2,324 222.9%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Dec21 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 0.89 -29.2% -30.5%
PASK, SEK 0.50 20.4% 18.3%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 66.0%
Regularity 96.6%
Change in total COemissions 4.1%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer, -10.0%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 48.9%


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 tickets), rolling 12 months vs rolling 12 months 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 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.