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SAS Traffic figures – March 2023

April 12, 2023 11:00
Regulatory information

1.9 million passengers traveled with SAS during March

The number of passengers traveling with SAS amounted to 1.9 million in March, an increase by 33 percent compared to the same period last year. SAS’ passenger demand continued its positive trend with RPK increasing by 38 percent while capacity increased by 25 percent, compared to the same period last year. The flown load factor for March was 76 percent, an improvement by 7 percentage points compared to March last year.

“Passenger demand continues its positive trend. In March, 1.9 million passengers traveled with us, up 33 percent compared to the same month last year. Our flown load factor continues to improve and reached 76 percent in March. During the month, we added ten additional routes and more frequencies for the upcoming summer and autumn. We are preparing for a busy summer season with in total 30 new routes added to the summer traffic program,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Mar23 Change1 Nov22- Mar23 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 3,118 25.4% 14,054 22.1%
RPK (Mill.) 2,360 38.0% 9,975 46.8%
Load factor 75.7% 6.9 pp 71.0% 11.9 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,910 32.7% 8,032 46.9%

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

Geographical development, schedule Mar23           vs.          Mar22 Nov22-Mar23   vs.   Nov21-Mar22
Intercontinental 82.7% 35.0% 88.1% 36.1%
Europe/Intrascandinavia 28.7% 27.6% 34.5% 18.3%
Domestic 20.2% 15.9% 30.2% 14.1%
Preliminary yield and PASK Mar23 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.08 0.3% 1.0%
PASK, SEK 0.81 11.1% 11.9%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 69.6%
Regularity 97.9%
Change in total CO2 emissions 55.8%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer, 3.4%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 43.8%

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, 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 April 12, 2023.

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