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SAS sees only a 2% increase in traffic in April

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

In April, nearly 320,000 passengers flew with SAS, an increase of about 2% compared with March. While traffic and demand remain far below normal levels, they improved substantially compared with April last year when traffic was essentially at a standstill at the start of the pandemic. SAS is continuing to efficiently adapt its production to prevailing demand, which was reflected in an unchanged load factor compared with March.

“We have noted that willingness to book strongly correlates with vaccination levels and the relaxation of travel restrictions, and that customers are continuing to book at short notice. There is undoubtedly a considerable pent-up need to travel, which we hope to meet as we are now approaching the important summer season. In the coming summer, SAS is flying to 100 destinations, which provides us with good preconditions to meet our customers’ travel needs,” says Karl Sandlund, Acting CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Apr21 Change1 Nov20- Apr21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 983 385.4% 5 269 -68.4%
RPK (Mill.) 299 455.7% 1 543 -85.7%
Passenger load factor 30.4% +3.9 p u 29.3% -35.3 p u
No. of passengers (000) 319 240.0% 1 855 -79.9%
Geographical development, schedule Apr21           vs.          Apr20 Nov20- Apr21    vs.   Nov19-Apr20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental 2757.2% 4376.9% -95.4% -69.9%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 1587.2% 810.9% -88.3% -80.9%
Domestic 210.0% 111.5% -61.6% -38.5%
SAS charter traffic Apr21 Change1 Nov20- Apr21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3 -90.8% 34 -95.9%
RPK (Mill.) 1 -87.0% 13 -98.2%
Load factor 40.1% +11.8 p u 38.8% -48.4 p u
No. of passengers (000) 0.3 -76.8% 4 -98.5%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Apr21 Change1 Nov20- Apr21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 986 323.8% 5 303 -69.7%
RPK (Mill.) 301 381.5% 1 556 -86.5%
Load factor 30.5% +3.7 p u 29.3% -36.3 p u
No. of passengers (000) 319 235.9% 1 859 -80.4%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Apr21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.24 -24.6% -27.3%
PASK, SEK 0.38 -13.6% -16.8%
Apr21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 86.6%
Regularity 99.5%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -78.4%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -10.6%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 52%

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.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROZ (msn 9323) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 950841.

SAS Slide Show:

Air Malta launches its summer 2021 flight schedule

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NED (msn 10106) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953562.

Air Malta today launched its summer flight schedule with a planned operation to 20 cities. During the six-month program (covering May till October 2021), the Airline is committed to operate 3,012 flights and will offer for sale over half a million seats.

This summer Air Malta will operate direct flights to/from Amsterdam, Brussels, Catania, Frankfurt, Geneva, Lisbon, London Heathrow, Lyon, Manchester, Munich, Milan Linate, Moscow*, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Prague, Rome, Tel Aviv*, Vienna, and Zurich. (* – operations to these airports is subject to the opening of safe corridors).

Key highlights during peak season include:

• Up to 10 weekly services on London Heathrow.

• Twice weekly services to Manchester, supporting the Midlands and North of the UK.

• Up to 11 weekly services on Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports in Paris.

• Up to 9 weekly services on Catania.

• Rome, Munich, and Vienna all served up to 5 times weekly.

Air Malta Route Map:

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NED (msn 10106) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 953562.

Air Malta aircraft slide show:

 

Frontier Airlines announces 8 new routes with 4 from Miami and also 3 new summer destinations

"Wellington, the Black-Footed Ferret"

Frontier Airlines today announced its expansion of summer 2021 service with eight new nonstop routes, including the addition of three new destinations: Nassau, The Bahamas; San Jose, Costa Rica and St. Maarten. To celebrate the new service, Frontier is offering fares as low as $29*.

New Route via Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW):

SERVICE TO

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

Cancun (CUN)

June 10, 2021

3x Weekly

$89*

Tuesday, Thursday

New Routes via Miami International Airport (MIA):

SERVICE TO

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

Myrtle Beach (MYR)

June 10, 2021

5x Weekly

$29*

Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Nassau, The Bahamas (NAS)

June 24, 2021

4x Weekly

$39*

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

July 2, 2021

2x Weekly

$79*

Monday, Friday

St. Maarten (SXM)

July 10, 2021

1x Weekly

$89*

Saturday

New Routes via Orlando International Airport (MCO):

SERVICE TO

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

July 1, 2021

2x Weekly

$89*

Thursday, Sunday

St. Maarten (SXM)

July 10, 2021

1x Weekly

$89*

Saturday

New Routes via Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU):

SERVICE TO

SERVICE START

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE

St. Thomas, USVI (STT)

June 12, 2021

1x Weekly

$29*

Saturday

Additional Miami International Airport made this announcement:

On April 15, low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines and Miami-Dade County officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the airline’s inaugural flight from Miami International Airport to San Salvador that day, as well as its new Miami-Guatemala City service that began on April 12. Frontier is now serving both routes with twice-weekly service.

Photo: MIA Director Lester Sola addresses guests at the airline’s launch event.

Frontier topped off its busy week at MIA by announcing that it will be launching service to four more cities this summer: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (5x weekly) on June 10; Nassau, Bahamas (4x weekly) on June 24; San Jose, Costa Rica (2x weekly) on July 2; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (1x weekly) on July 10. Myrtle Beach is not currently served by any other airline at MIA.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N362FR (msn 9222) (Wellington, the Black-Footed Ferret) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 952369.

Frontier Airlines aircraft slide show:

SAS: Continued strict travel restrictions, but Easter holidays lead to increase in travel during March

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROX (msn 9330) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951133.

SAS has issued its traffic figures for March 2021:

In March 310,000 passengers flew with SAS, an increase of about 40% compared with February, but almost 70% lower than the same month last year. The increased demand led to an improvement in the load factor compared with February by 5 percentage points to 31%. The load factor continues to be generally higher on SAS’ Scandinavian and European traffic and amounted to 44% in March, which is an improvement of 2 percentage points compared with February.

“The number of passengers and future bookings has increased during the month, but from very low levels. The development of the demand for air travel is entirely dependent on ongoing vaccinations and that travel restrictions can be eased and coordinated between countries and regions. Although the market for the aviation industry remains challenging, we succeeded in securing favorable financing agreements for future deliveries of aircraft from Airbus during the month. The new aircraft take us toward a unified fleet with significantly lower fuel consumption and emissions,” says Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Mar21 Change1 Nov20- Mar21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 865 -62,2% 4 285 -74,0%
RPK (Mill.) 266 -76,1% 1 243 -88,4%
Passenger load factor 30,8% -17,9 p u 29,0% -36,0 p u
No. of passengers (000) 313 -68,6% 1,536 -83,2%
Geographical development, schedule Mar21           vs.          Mar20 Nov20- Mar21    vs.   Nov19-Mar20
RPK ASK RPK ASK
Intercontinental -92,3% -50,3% -96,3% -75,8%
Europe/Intrascandinavia -82,8% -81,6% -90,9% -84,8%
Domestic -41,6% -36,8% -67,6% -46,0%
SAS charter traffic Mar21 Change1 Nov20- Mar21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 6 -94,7% 32 -96,1%
RPK (Mill.) 2 -96,9% 12 -98,3%
Load factor 40,8% -30,6 p u 38,6% -50,7 p u
No. of passengers (000) 1 -97,6% 3 -98,6%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Mar21 Change1 Nov20- Mar21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 870 -63,6% 4 317 -75,0%
RPK (Mill.) 268 -77,4% 1 256 -89,0%
Load factor 30,8% -18,8 p u 29,1% -37,1 p u
No. of passengers (000) 313 -69,3% 1,539 -83,6%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Mar21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.29 26.7% 32.7%
PASK, SEK 0.40 -19.9% -16.1%
Mar21
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 90.8%
Regularity 99.4%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months -81.1%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer -9.3%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 47%

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.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROX (msn 9330) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 951133.

SAS aircraft slide show:

 

AerCap delivers the first new Airbus A320neo to EgyptAir

First Airbus A320neo for EgyptAir

AerCap Holdings N.V. today announced it has delivered a new Airbus A320neo aircraft on lease to EgyptAir, the first of a 15 A320neo Family aircraft deal with EgyptAir.

With this delivery, EgyptAir will become the first airline based in mainland Africa to operate the aircraft type.

AerCap is the world’s largest Airbus A320neo Family lessor, with 325 owned and on order.

Top Copyright Photo: EgyptAir Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBB (SU-GFJ) (msn 9473) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 948824.

EgyptAir aircraft slide show:

Jazeera Airways arrives in London

Delivered on October 18, 2019

Jazeera Airways nonstop service from Kuwait to London (Gatwick) daily started on October 27, 2019.

The new service is being operated with brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Jazeera Airways Airbus A320-251N WL 9K-CBB (msn 9002) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 948002.

Jazeera Airways aircraft slide show:

Route Map:

SAS increases flights to the Faroes

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROD (msn 7755) LHR (SPA). Image: 940345.

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS has made this announcement:

During winter season, SAS will expand capacity of its Faroe Islands route by 41 percent. At the same time RNP landings have led to more stable operation of the route despite difficult weather conditions. The Faroe Islands continue to be a central investment and venture for SAS, who are set to operate the route with the new Airbus A320neo, the market’s quietest and fuel-efficient aircraft.

From October 27, SAS will operate with six flights a week between Denmark and the Faroes, equivalent to a capacity increase over winter of 41% compared to last winter.

During peak season, there are nine weekly flights on the route, and SAS is now offering more than 125,000 seats between Vágar Airport and Copenhagen Airport annually.

RNP and A320neo ensure stable product

Since March, SAS has been successfully operating with RNP landing system (Required Navigation Performance) on flights to the Faroes. This has helped ensure a more stable operation and regularity of the route.

“The Faroe Islands can be a difficult place to fly to, but with access to equipment such as RNP which makes it easier to take off and land in weather conditions such as dense fog, we have a really strong product on the route and the same opportunity as our competitors. In the summer season we have 11 instances*, in which RNP was crucial for us to be able to land,” says Johan Laurberg Lund Kofoed.

SAS operates the route with the Airbus A320neo, the market’s most fuel-efficient aircraft, which reduces CO2 emissions by up to 18 percent. At the same time, noise levels are up to 50 percent lower.

Top Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A320-251N WL SE-ROD (msn 7755) LHR (SPA). Image: 940345.

SAS aircraft slide show:

 

British Airways to become first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on flights within the UK from 2020

British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNJ (msn 8772) LHR (SPA). Image: 946744.

British Airways has made this announcement:

From January 2020, British Airways will become the first UK airline to offset carbon emissions on all its flights within the UK.

All customers flying within the UK next year on flights operated by British Airways will have the carbon emissions from their flights offset by the airline and invested in carbon reduction projects around the world*. These quality assured projects will include renewable energy, protection of rainforests and reforestation programmes.

The airline operates up to 75 flights a day between London and 10 UK cities, including Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Isle of Man, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Belfast City, Inverness and Jersey. British Airways’ domestic emissions total around 400,000 tonnes of C02 a year.

Today’s announcement comes as British Airways’ parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), became the first airline group worldwide to commit to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, contributing to both the UK Government’s commitment to a net zero carbon economy by 2050 and the United Nations’ objective to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. IAG’s emissions’ goal will be achieved through numerous environmental initiatives, including investing more than US $400m in the development of sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and Chief Executive, said: “British Airways is determined to play its part in reducing aviation’s CO2 emissions. To solve such a multi-faceted issue requires a multi-faceted response and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to a sustainable future. It also follows our announcement to partner with renewable fuels company, Velocys, to build a facility which converts household and commercial waste into renewable sustainable jet fuel to power our fleet.”

While customers on UK domestic flights will not need to offset their emissions, those travelling further afield can also reduce their impact on the environment by using British Airways’ carbon offsetting tool. The carbon tool enables customers to calculate their emissions and then invest in carbon reduction projects including high quality forestry and renewable energy projects in Peru, Sudan and Cambodia**.

Using the tool, which can be accessed on https://www.pureleapfrog.org/ba/carbon_zero, a customer will pay around £1 to offset a return flight from London to Madrid, travelling in economy, while from London to New York in business class will cost around £15.***

* British Airways is investing in Verified Carbon Standard projects.

**British Airways’ offset scheme is operated through the airline’s partnership with not-for-profit organisation Pure Leapfrog. For more information on the carbon reduction projects, visit: https://www.pureleapfrog.org/ba

***While customers travelling on domestic flights’ carbon emissions are offset for them, customers flying outside of the UK can choose to pay to offset their emissions. Examples of pricing are shown below:

Journey Cost to offset
London to Madrid (economy) £ 1
London to New York (economy) £ 5
London to New York (business) £ 15
London to Los Angeles (economy) £ 8
London to Los Angeles (business) £ 24
London to Hong Kong (business) £ 26

 

Customers can find a link to the carbon calculator at https://www.pureleapfrog.org/ba/carbon_zero

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Airbus): British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNJ (msn 8772) LHR (SPA). Image: 946744.

British Airways aircraft slide show (Airbus):

 

Frontier announces 15 nonstop routes from Newark Liberty International Airport

"O'Malley, the Mallard Duck", delivered on July 26, 2019

Frontier Airlines has announced new low-cost service from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with 15 nonstop routes, including two international destinations: Cancun**, Mexico and Punta Cana**, Dominican Republic.

The new routes include the only low-cost, nonstop options from EWR to Cancun**, Mexico; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Miami; Punta Cana**, Dominican Republic; Phoenix; Raleigh, N.C., and San Juan**.

In addition, Frontier will offer the only nonstop, cross-country option to Ontario, Calif., opening an affordable, convenient option for travel to the Los Angeles area.

Frontier’s flights from Newark will operate entirely outside the delay prone afternoon hours.

New routes from EWR beginning Nov. 14, 2019:

TO/FROM

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE:

McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Twice Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Miami International Airport (MIA)

Daily

(Twice Daily eff. Dec. 10, 2019)

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

San Juan Airport (SJU)**

Daily

$29*

Tuesday, Wednesday

New routes from EWR beginning Dec. 10, 2019:

TO/FROM

SERVICE FREQUENCY

INTRO FARE

APPLICABLE DAYS FOR INTRO FARE:

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

Daily

$15*

Tuesday, Wednesday

Service to Palm Beach is seasonal, frequency and times are subject to change.

New routes from EWR beginning March and April 2020 with tickets going on sale at a later date:

TO/FROM

Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ)**

Cancun International Airport (CUN)**

Denver International Airport (DEN)

Ontario International Airport (ONT)

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD)

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU)

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Frontier operates over 90 A320 family aircraft and has the largest A320neo fleet in the U.S.

With over 150 new Airbus planes on order, Frontier will continue to grow to deliver on the mission of providing affordable travel across America. Frontier’s young fleet also ensures that the company keeps fares low and that customers will enjoy a pleasant and reliable experience flying with the airline.

Top Copyright Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL N356FR (msn 9065) (O’Malley, the Mallard Duck) SNA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 947357.

Frontier Airlines (2nd) aircraft photo gallery: