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SAS Traffic figures - August 2021

September 7, 2021 11:00
Regulatory information

In August over one million passengers traveled with SAS

During the summer season the customer demand has increased, and more than one million passengers flew with SAS in August. This is about the same level as in July, but an increase of almost 52% compared to the same month last year. Capacity was marginally lower than last month, but 65% higher than the same month last year. The total load factor for August ended at 61%, which is in line with July.

“Imposed travel restrictions remain and everybody at SAS are doing everything possible to make traveling easier for the customers. We continue to open new routes when travel restrictions and demand allow. However, there are still major uncertainties regarding the development of the pandemic, affecting the whole airline industry negatively. Flexibility during the ramp up phase to be able to respond quickly to changes in demand remains key,” says Anko van der Werff, President and CEO at SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Aug21 Change1 Nov20- Aug21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,068 58.7% 12,080 -39.2%
RPK (Mill.) 1,239 103.7% 5,195 --58.0%
Passenger load factor 59.9% 13.3 pp 43.0% -19.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,038 48.4% 4,929 -55.7%
Geographical development, schedule Aug21           vs.          Aug20 Nov20- Aug21   vs.   Nov19-Aug20
Intercontinental 429.9% 154.5% -80.7% -43.4%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 128.9% 72.4% -52.6% -46.1%
Domestic 16.7% -0.8% -36.7% -20.5%
SAS charter traffic Aug21 Change1 Nov20- Aug21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 168 211.4% 383 -58.5%
RPK (Mill.) 122 183.3% 279 -65.0%
Load factor 72.5% -7.2 pp 72.8% -13.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 49 172.2% 113 -57,4%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Aug21 Change1 Nov20- Aug21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,236 64.7% 12,462 -40.1%
RPK (Mill.) 1,361 108.9% 5,473 -58.4%
Load factor 60.9% 12.9 pp 43.9% -19.3 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,087 51.5% 5,043 -55.7%

1 Change compared to same period last year. pp = percentage points

Preliminary yield and PASK Aug21 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 0.96 -17.0% -17.5%
PASK, SEK 0.57 6.5% 5.9%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 87.4%
Regularity 98.8%
Change in total CO2 emissions, rolling 12 months -56,7%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer -13,1%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 54%


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), 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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SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline, with main hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, is flying to destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainable values, SAS aims to be the global leader in sustainable aviation. We will reduce total carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025, by using more sustainable aviation fuel and our modern fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft. In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founder member of the Star Alliance™, and together with its partner airlines offers a wide network worldwide. Learn more at

This is information that SAS AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication by Louise Bergström at 11:00 a.m. CET on 7 September 2021.

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