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SAS Traffic figures – April 2023

May 9, 2023 11:00
Regulatory information

1.9 million passengers traveled with SAS during April

1.9 million passengers traveled with SAS in April, an increase by 22 percent compared to the same period last year. RPK increased by 28 percent compared to the same period last year, and SAS’ passenger demand continued its positive trend. The flown load factor for April was 76 percent, an improvement by 5 percentage points compared to April last year.  

“SAS continues to see positive demand evolution. In April, 1.9 million passengers traveled with SAS, up 22 percent compared to the same month last year. We continue to ramp up for a busy summer season and have inaugurated two new direct intercontinental routes: From Aalborg to New York and from Gothenburg to New York. We have also announced a new direct route between Copenhagen and Bangkok, which will start this autumn. Thailand and the Scandinavian countries have a long history of friendship and cooperation, and we are very proud to bring back the direct route which our customers clearly asked for ,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Apr23 Change1 Nov22- Apr23 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3,441 20.0% 17,495 21.7%
RPK (Mill.) 2,607 27.5% 12,582 42.3%
Load factor 75.8% 4.5 pp 71.9% 10.4 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,889 22.2% 9,921 41.5%

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

Geographical development, schedule Apr23           vs.          Apr22 Nov22-Apr23   vs.   Nov21-Apr22
Intercontinental 43.6% 26.1% 76.6% 34.0%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 28.0% 22.7% 33.0% 19.3%
Domestic 5.9% 6.8% 25.3% 12.8%
Preliminary yield and PASK Apr23 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.00 -2.9% -4.2%
PASK, SEK 0.76 3.4% 2.1%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 71.3%
Regularity 98.5%
Change in total CO2 emissions 46.7%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer, 3.4%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 41.0%

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. CEST on May 9, 2023.

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