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SAS Traffic figures – October 2022

November 8, 2022 11:00
Regulatory information

Close to 2 million passengers traveled with SAS in October

In October, 1.93 million passengers traveled with SAS, an increase of approximately 38% compared to the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased by approximately 41% compared with the same period last year. In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased by 3% and capacity was increased by 1%. The flown load factor for October was 75%, an improvement of 13 percentage points compared to October last year.

“We are pleased that we had almost 2 million passengers flying with us in October, a healthy number despite a challenging macroeconomic environment. We continue to make progress in our chapter 11-process in the U.S. We recently announced that we have reached agreements with additional lessors to amend existing aircraft and equipment lease agreements, which will result in cost-savings, and which represents another step towards reaching our targets in the SAS FORWARD plan”, says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled traffic Oct22 Change1 Nov21- Oct22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3,237 36.6% 31,688 91.1%
RPK (Mill.) 2,365 65.9% 22,058 184.7%
Passenger load factor 73.1% +12.9 pp 69.6% +22.9 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,834 36.0% 17,029 130.7%


Geographical development, schedule Oct22   vs.  Oct21 Nov21- Oct22  vs.  Nov20-Oct21
Intercontinental 520.2% 97.1% 577.8% 120.5%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 20.0% 16.2% 155.9% 113.5%
Domestic 17.3% 20.7% 64.8% 28.1%


SAS charter traffic Oct22 Change1 Nov21- Oct22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 295 110.3% 2,683 302.2%
RPK (Mill.) 272 124.5% 2,259 344.7%
Load factor 92.2% +5.8 pp 84.2% +8.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 94 107.6% 839 309.6%


SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Oct22 Change1 Nov21- Oct22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3,531 40.7% 34,371 99.2%
RPK (Mill.) 2,637 70.5% 24,317 194.5%
Load factor 74.7% +13.0 pp 70.7% +22.9 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,929 38.4% 17,868 135.6%

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

Preliminary yield and PASK Oct22 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.09 -1.4% -6.1%
PASK, SEK 0.80 19.7% 14.0%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 77.4%
Regularity 98.3%
Change in total CO2 emissions 101.2 %
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer 1.8%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 39.2%


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, through the agency of Erno Hildén, at 11:00 a.m. CET on November 8, 2022.

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