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The SAS Group Traffic Figures July 2003

August 5, 2003 13:00

The SAS Group Traffic Figures July 2003

The SAS Group
· The SAS Group transported a total of 2,5 million passengers in July
2003 vs 2,7 million in 2002, a decrease of 5,9%.
· Total passenger traffic (RPK) decreased by 0,1% vs 2002.
· Overall group passenger load factor decreased by 1,1 p.u to 70,6%
for July 2003 vs. 2002.

Market trends and yield development
The traffic development in July indicates improving traffic and load
factors, but a continued strong pressure on passenger yields.
Traffic on North America showed passenger load factors close to 90% in
July. Asian routes started to recover in June and load factors was close
to 80% in July.
Bookings on European routes in Scandinavian Airlines are back to 2002-
year level.

Braathens traffic development on Norwegian domestic routes was very weak
in July with continued pressure on yields. Spanair’s traffic improved in
July with load factors at the same level as 2002.

Indications of passenger yield development for Scandinavian Airlines in
July indicate a continued pressure as a result of negative mix, a number
of sales campaigns and new market initiatives. Yields for June was down
17% and 12% for the period Jan- Jun. Yields on the European routes were
down 15% in June, affected by the introduction of the new low fare
initiative Snowflake (8-9 p.u.). Underlying yield development is in line
with previous months.

The overall yield development in June and indications for July is in
line with the figures reported for the previous months, but load factors
and traffic development has improved. Forceful cost measures are under
implementation to secure a sustained profitability level in a lower
yield environment. Due to the situation with continued weak economies,
the outlook remains cautious.

The SAS Group will release its 2nd Quarter result on August 11 at approx
2.30 p.m. CET.

Scandinavian Airlines
· Scandinavian Airlines traffic (RPK) decreased by 4,9% in July 2003
compared with 2002.
· Scandinavian Airlines passenger load factor increased by 0,4 p.u.
to 74,5%
Intercontinental traffic decreased by 0,5% in July. Traffic to/from the
U.S and South East Asia have improved significantly. Scandinavian
Airlines will resume its daily traffic to Beijing as from 22 August.
The demand on the European routes has improved and traffic was up 4,3%.
Passenger load factor on the new low price initiative, Snowflake, was
above 80% in July. Intrascandinavian traffic continued to be weak.
Danish domestic traffic was down mainly as a result of the discontinued
Greenland route. Norwegian and Swedish domestic traffic has been reduced
but with improved cabin factors. Internet Sales The proportion of
Internet sales on was 3,9% in June 2003 compared
with 1,0% in June 2002.

Spanair traffic development
Spanair traffic increased on both the Domestic and the European Network.
The overall ASK increased by 15,8%. Due to the strong expansion in
production, the passenger load factor went down 1,1% to 65,1%.

Within the Domestic network, the capacity development is concentrated on
the routes to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Compared to
July last year, the Domestic ASK increased by 12,1% and the RPK by 10,7
%, resulting in a 0,8 percentage points lower passenger load factor.

The total European market develops slower than the Domestic but Spanair
managed to almost maintain last years passenger load factor despite the
large increase in capacity.

Braathens traffic development:
Braathens scheduled passenger traffic (RPK) showed an overall increase
of 9,8 % in July 2003 vs. July 2002 while the number of passengers
decreased by 1,5%. Capacity (ASK) increased by 22,1 % and the passenger
load factor decreased by 7,1 p.u. to 63,0%.

The Norwegian domestic routes showed a 5,4% decrease in RPK while ASK
increased by 15,8% in July 2003 vs. July 2002. Domestic passenger load
factor decreased by 12,7 p.u. to 56,3% in July 2003 vs. July 2002. The
increase in number of passengers, RPK and ASK on international routes
reflects the opening of new

Widerøe’s traffic development
Total amout of passengers rose by 21.2% (ASK +24.9%) in July compared
with last year, mainly due to the introduction of new routes as from
October. A significant increase in load factor is also being registered
on the domestic and the intrascandinavian sector, +6.9 p.u. and +1.7
p.u. respectively, where capacity adjustments have been done during the
last months, especially on the regional network in southern Norway. On
the routes to the UK the load factor was negatively affected due to the
adding of extra capacity. Overall load factor rose by 5.4 p.u. in July
compared with last year.

Air Botnia’s traffic development
Air Botnia’s total passenger traffic (RPK) decreased with 8% compared to
last year and the capacity (ASK) decreased with 3%.

Air Botnia was negatively affected due to closure of the Tampere Airport
during two weeks in July.

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