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SAS Traffic figures – August 2023

September 7, 2023 11:00
Regulatory information

2.3 million passengers traveled with SAS during August

2.3 million passengers traveled with SAS in August, a 22 percent increase compared with the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased 16 percent and RPK increased 17 percent, compared with the same month last year. The flown load factor for August was 79 percent.

“SAS concludes a busy summer season with 7.1 million passengers during June, July and August combined. The number of passengers in August increased 22 percent compared with the same month last year. We worked hard to ramp up for the summer season and we are pleased to see the strong demand and high passenger numbers. We continue to see healthy demand for travel, and we will increase capacity for the winter season too,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Aug23 Change1 Nov22- Aug23 Change 1
ASK (Mill.) 4,262 16.4% 34,410 25.8%
RPK (Mill.) 3,360 16.6% 26,252 38.5%
Load factor 78.8% 0.1 pp 76,3% 7.0 pp
No. of passengers (000) 2,258 22.0% 19,153 37.2%

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

Geographical development, schedule Aug23           vs.          Aug22 Nov22-Aug23   vs.   Nov21-Aug22
Intercontinental 7.9% 19.9% 56.8% 38.2%
Europe/Intra-Scandinavia 29.6% 24.0% 35.0% 24.8%
Domestic 16.4% 5.3% 25.7% 15.1%

Preliminary yield and PASK Aug23 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.06 6.7% 2.6%
PASK, SEK 0.82 6.3% 2.2%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 75%
Regularity 99.1%
Change in total CO2 emissions 32%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer 1.7%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 33.8%

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, flies to destinations in Europe, USA and Asia. Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainability values, SAS aims to be the driving force in sustainable aviation and in the transition toward net zero emissions. We are continuously reducing our carbon emissions through using more sustainable aviation fuel, investing in new fuel-efficient aircraft and technology innovation together with partners – thereby contributing towards the industry target of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. In addition to flight operations, SAS offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services. SAS is a founding 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 September 7, 2023.

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