Tuesday, 20 October 2020

SAS Traffic figures - September 2020

In September SAS carried 0.6 million passengers and reports a capacity reduction of 73% compared to the same period last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact SAS’ traffic negatively. In September, the total number of passengers ended at 0.6 million, a decrease by 2.3 million, and total capacity was down by 72.7% compared to the same period last year. Demand for domestic travel continues be stronger than for European and Intercontinental traffic and SAS has adapted its network accordingly.

“Since March, when nearly all traffic was halted, we have slowly started to rebuild our network. Today SAS operates up to 380 daily flights servicing 75 destinations and I am pleased that we now have resumed our presence at mainland China after 9 months interruption. Overall demand is heavily dependent on imposed travel restrictions. In September more countries were unfortunately classified as “red”, reducing the number of passengers somewhat versus August. However, in the last six months we have seen a slow but steady recovery in demand, and in September SAS reports half a million additional passengers than in April. Looking ahead, we continue to monitor the market development and stand ready to make further adjustments in accordance with how demand evolves,” says Rickard Gustafson, CEO SAS.

SAS scheduled trafficSep20Change1Nov19-Sep20Change1
ASK (Mill.)1 254-71.3%21 132-52.0%
RPK (Mill.)448-86.7%12 802-60.6%
Passenger load factor35.8%-41.5 p u60.6%-13.2 p u
No. of passengers (000)595-78.6%11 723-54.4%
Geographical development, scheduleSep20            vs.          Sep19Nov19-Sep20     vs.    Nov18-Sep19
SAS charter trafficSep20Change1Nov19-Sep20Change1
ASK (Mill.)58-86.6%979-72.9%
RPK (Mill.)46-88.6%843-74.3%
Load factor79.2%-13.9 p u86.1%-4.7 p u
No. of passengers (000)20-87.5%285-76.6%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)Sep20Change1Nov19-Sep20Change1
ASK (Mill.)1 312-72.7%22 111-53.6%
RPK (Mill.)494-86.9%13 646-61.9%
Load factor37.7%-41.0 p u61.7%-13.4 p u
No. of passengers (000)614-79.1%12 008-55.4%

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

Preliminary yield and PASKSep20Nominal changeFX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.2519.0%26.1%
PASK, SEK0.45-44.9%-41.7%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)96.2%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months-50.3%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer-4.5%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions37%


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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