SAS sees a 380% increase in traffic in April compared with last year

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS issued this traffic report for April:

During April more than 1.5 million passengers traveled with SAS, an increase of approximately 380% compared to the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased at the same time by 190% compared with the same period last year. In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers increased with 7% and capacity was increased by 15%. The flown load factor for April was 71%, an improvement of 41 percentage points compared to April last year.

“We continue the ramp-up and see the highest number of passengers since March 2020. Looking forward, sales and booking trends are positive for the summer period ahead. Traffic to and from Asia remains a challenge due to remaining COVID-19 restrictions as well as the geopolitical situation, that impact the recovery of far-Eastern traffic. We remain focused on building a competitive and financially strong SAS, which will be achieved through the success of the SAS FORWARD transformation plan”, says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Apr22 Change1 Nov21- Apr22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,794 184.1% 13,720 160.4%
RPK (Mill.) 1,980 561.4% 8,316 439.0%
Passenger load factor 70.9%         40.4 pp 60.6%  31.3 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,526 378.2% 6,842 268.8%
Geographical development, schedule Apr22           vs.          Apr21 Nov21- Apr22   vs.   Nov20-Apr21
Intercontinental 1,732.3% 159.9% 1,254.7% 152.6%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 386.4% 363.9% 623.1% 349.0%
Domestic 166.3% 52.6% 129.3% 38.8%
SAS charter traffic Apr22 Change1 Nov21- Apr22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 74 2,576.9% 658 1,816.1%
RPK (Mill.) 65 5,743.1% 526 3,849.5%
Load factor 87.6% 47.5 pp 79.9% 41.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 19 6,626.3% 171 4,644.9%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Apr22 Change1 Nov21- Apr22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,868 190.8% 14,378 171.1%
RPK (Mill.) 2,045 580.5% 8,842 468.2%
Load factor 71.3% 40.8 pp 61.5% 32.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,545 383.8% 7,013 277.3%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Apr22 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.03 -16.5% -18.9%
PASK, SEK 0.73 94.3% 88.9%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 75.4%
Regularity 97.9%
Change in total CO2 emissions 125.9%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer, -4.4%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 50.8%


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 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 CO2emissions by 25% by 2025, compared to 2005.

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