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SAS Traffic figures - July 2021

August 6, 2021 11:00
Regulatory information

Increased traveling during the summer resulted in over a million passengers in July.

July was a month with increased numbers of travelers. More than a million passengers chose to fly with SAS, which is an increase of almost 70% compared with June. Capacity was raised during the month with increased frequency and destinations. The load factor ended at 60%, which is the highest number since February 2020.

We see the numbers improving gradually which is pleasing. However, we do naturally remain cautious as there are still a high number of uncertainties ahead of us. Remaining travel restrictions are still affecting passengers and we do everything possible to give our customers a smooth travel experience. SAS is offering flexible tickets and rebooking possibilities. We also provide digital tools which help passengers track updates to restrictions to make it easier to travel,” says Anko van der Werff, President and CEO at SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Jul21 Change1 Nov20- Jul21 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2 300 75.8% 10 012 -46.1%
RPK (Mill.) 1 370 107.1% 3 956 -66.3%
Passenger load factor 59.6% +9.0 pp 39.5% -23.7 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1 023 46.3% 3 891 -62.7%

Geographical development, schedule

Jul21           vs.          Jul20 Nov20- Jul21   vs.   Nov19-Jul20


471.3% 160.1% -86.3% -49.8%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 145.3% 104.3% -63.3% -55.3%
Domestic 10.7% -2.8% -41.9% -22.7%

SAS charter traffic

Jul21 Change1 Nov20- Jul21 Change1

ASK (Mill.)

157 790.8% 215 -75.2%
RPK (Mill.) 134 831.3% 157 -79.2%
Load factor 85.6% +3.7 pp 73.1% -13.9 pp
No. of passengers (000) 56 882.7% 64 -74.1%

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)

Jul21 Change1 Nov20- Jul21 Change1

ASK (Mill.)

2 457 85.3% 10 227 -47.4%
RPK (Mill.) 1 504 122.5% 4 113 -67.1%
Load factor 61.2% +10.2 pp 40.2% -24.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1 079 53.0% 3 955 -63.0%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK

Jul21 Nominal change FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 0.87 -21.3% -21.4%
PASK, SEK 0.52 -7.2% -7.4%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 84.0%
Regularity 98.2%
Change in total CO2 emissions, rolling 12 months -63.8%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer -13.0%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 56%


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 press office, +46 8 797 29 44

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 6 August 2021.

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