SAS reports a 360% increase in traffic in March compared with the same month last year

SAS has issued this traffic report:

During March more than 1.4 million passengers traveled with SAS, an increase of 360% compared to the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased at the same time by approximately 190% compared with the same period last year. In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers increased with more than 50% and capacity was increased by 30%. The flown load factor for March was 69%, an improvement of 38 percentage points compared to March last year.

“The passenger numbers this month are the highest since the pandemic hit in March 2020. The ramp-up continues and we are increasing our capacity toward the summer peak season, also on the back of improved sales trends. We have added flights and destinations to the Mediterranean as well as to North America, that will be operated with our new, fuel efficient A321LR aircraft. At the same time, the need for transformation of our company remains and we continue with the SAS FORWARD plan, to secure a competitive and financially strong SAS for the future” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Mar22 Change1 Nov21- Mar22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,359 172.9% 10,926 155.0%
RPK (Mill.) 1,597 500.8% 6,335 409.5%
Passenger load factor 67.7%         37.0pp 58.0%  29.0 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,398 346.8% 5,316 246.1%
Geographical development, schedule Mar22           vs.          Mar21 Nov21- Mar22   vs.   Nov20-Mar21
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental 1,603.1% 125.6% 1,142.4% 150.9%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 762.9% 442.2% 604.9% 345.0%
Domestic 155.9% 57.0% 121.5% 36.1%
SAS charter traffic Mar22 Change1 Nov21- Mar22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 128 2,210.3% 585 1,749.8%
RPK (Mill.) 113 4,898.7% 461 3,677.9%
Load factor 88.3% 47.5 pp 78.9% 40.3 pp
No. of passengers (000) 42 6,982.1% 152 4,472.3%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Mar22 Change1 Nov21- Mar22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,487 185.8% 11,510 166.6%
RPK (Mill.) 1,710 537.9% 6,797 441.3%
Load factor 68.8% 38.0 pp 59.0% 30.0 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,440 359.3% 5,467 255.2%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Mar22 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.07 -16.8% -21.9%
PASK, SEK 0.73 83.2% 71.9%
Mar22
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 84.4%
Regularity 98.6%
Change in total COemissions 122.3%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer, -5.8%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 53.1%

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 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.