Sunday, 12 July 2020

SAS releases traffic figures for June 2020 as the airline slowly rebuilds network

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Scandinavian Airlines System saw passenger numbers down 86% for June this year compared to the same month of 2019. 

However, some shoots of recovery and starting to be seen,  the airline doubled its capacity to 30 aircraft during the middle of June and an additional 15 aircraft have returned to service in July.

SAS has increased its capacity and number of passengers as countries are gradually opening up. Compared to last month capacity has increased by 251 million available seat kilometres (ASK) and the number of passengers has increased by 269 thousand. In relation to last year, SAS experienced a 91% reduction in capacity and an 86% drop in the total number of passengers.

“We are pleased to welcome more passengers on board as we slowly start to rebuild our network and increase the connectivity to, from and within Scandinavia,” says Rickard Gustafson, CEO SAS.

As demand and interest in air travel across Europe returns, SAS is resuming flights on routes to many destinations. Restrictions are being relaxed on travel between Norway and England and elsewhere, and SAS is starting flights to London and Manchester.

SAS is also resuming flights on routes between Scandinavia and major cities across Europe, including Edinburgh, Dublin, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Zürich.

Further destinations from Norway, Sweden and Denmark will be added as demand returns.

New routes from mid-July:

OSL-FRA: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 16 July
OSL-DUS: Monday, Friday and Sunday from 17 July
OSL-ZRH: Saturday from 11 July, daily from 16 July
OSL-EDI: Thursday and Sunday from 23 July
OSL-LHR: Daily from 15 July
OSL-MAN: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 16 July
OSL-DUB: Wednesday and Sunday from 15 July
ARN-DUB: Thursday and Sunday from 16 July
ARN-ZRH: Daily except for Tuesdays and Saturdays from 17 July
CPH-MAN: Monday and Friday from 17 July
Increase in frequency:

ARN-LHR: Increases from 7 to 10 departures a week from 17 July
CPH-LHR: Increases from 7 to 13 departures a week from 17 July

SAS scheduled trafficJun20Change1Nov19-Jun20Change1
ASK (Mill.)426-90.1%17 266-42.9%
RPK (Mill.)223-93.6%11 084-48.4%
Passenger load factor52.4%-29.1 p u64.2%-6.9 p u
No. of passengers (000)328-88.1%9,729-45.3%
Geographical development, scheduleJun20            vs.           Jun19Nov19-Jun20     vs.    Nov18-Jun19
SAS charter trafficJun20Change1Nov19-Jun20Change1
ASK (Mill.)2-99.7%850-55.4%
RPK (Mill.)1-99.9%740-56.7%
Load factor35.3%-55.3 p u87.1%-2.6 p u
No. of passengers (000)99-100%242-59.8%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Jun20Change1Nov19-Jun20Change1
ASK (Mill.)427-91.2%18 116-43.6%
RPK (Mill.)223-94.4%11 824-49.1%
Load factor52.3%-30.3 p u65.3%-6.9 p u
No. of passengers (000)427-85.5%9,971-45.7%
1 Change compared to same period last year. p u = percentage units
Preliminary yield and PASKJun20Nominal changeFX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.9276.3%82.8%
PASK, SEK1.0113.2%17.4%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)95.8%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months-28.1%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer-3,2%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions42%

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.

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