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SAS Traffic figures - May 2022

June 8, 2022 11:00
Regulatory information

1.8 million passengers traveled with SAS in May

During May more than 1.8 million passengers traveled with SAS, an increase of approximately 350% compared to the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased at the same time by 200% compared with the same period last year. In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers increased with 18% and capacity was increased by 13%. The flown load factor for May was 71%, an improvement of 35 percentage points compared to May last year.

“Our ramp-up continues and I am happy to share we have now also started flying to and from Toronto. Overall ticket sales are positive as we are approaching the summer peak period. However, the whole aviation ecosystem is currently faced with challenges and to minimize the operational risk for summer SAS has made pro-active adjustments to its traffic program. Meanwhile, the crucial work on the necessary transformation of SAS continues”, says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic May22 Change1 Nov21- May22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3,071 184.8% 16,791 164.5%
RPK (Mill.) 2,163 455.6% 10,478 442.3%
Passenger load factor 70.4%         34.3 pp 62.4% 32.0 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,770 338.0% 8,612 281.2%
Geographical development, schedule May22           vs.          May21 Nov21- May22   vs.   Nov20-May21
Intercontinental 1,263.0% 155.8% 1,256.6% 153.2%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 526.6% 330.3% 601.0% 345.3%
Domestic 146.9% 73.1% 132.4% 43.7%
SAS charter traffic May22 Change1 Nov21- May22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 160 48,480.4% 818 2,258.9%
RPK (Mill.) 143 173,758.5% 669 4,891.4%
Load factor 89.4% 64.4 pp 81,7% 43.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 56 47,949.1% 227 5,994.5%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) May22 Change1 Nov21- May22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3,231 199.5% 17,609 175.9%
RPK (Mill.) 2,305 492.2% 11,147 473.0%
Load factor 71.4% 35.3 pp 63.3% 32.8 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,826 351.7% 8,839 290.6%

1 Change compared to same period last year, p p = percentage points

Preliminary yield and PASK May22 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.10 -7.9% -10.4%
PASK, SEK 0.78 79.7% 74.9%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 77.5%
Regularity 98.1%
Change in total CO2 emissions 131.9%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer, -2.6%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 44.7%


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 tickets), rolling 12 months vs rolling 12 months previous year

Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets and SAS' staff travel) during the month

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 8 June 2022.

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