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SAS Traffic figures – December 2023

January 8, 2024 11:00
Regulatory information

1.6 million passengers traveled with SAS during December

1.6 million passengers traveled with SAS in December, a 6 percent increase compared with the same month last year. SAS’ capacity increased by almost 12 percent and RPK increased by 14 percent, compared to December 2022. The flown load factor for December was 73 percent.

“1.6 million passengers traveled with SAS in December, which represents a passenger volume increase of 6 percent compared to last year. In December, Skellefteå City Airport became the first individual airport in Sweden to join SAS’s Corporate Sustainability program, and we hope this partnership will inspire other companies to join and be part of the journey to transform aviation for generations to come. SAS is also expanding its flight offerings and increasing capacity in the summer traffic program. This summer, SAS will fly to over 130 destinations in more than 40 countries, with added frequencies to popular destinations in Europe, North America and Asia and nine new destinations in Europe,” says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Dec23 Change1 Nov23- Dec23 Change 1
ASK (Mill.) 3,027 11.5% 6,292 11.4%
RPK (Mill.) 2,219 14.1% 4,570 15.4%
Load factor 73.3% 1.6 pp 72.6% 2.5 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,564 6.4% 3,404 8.5%

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

Geographical development, schedule Dec23           vs.          Dec22 Nov23-Dec23   vs.   Nov22-Dec22
Intercontinental 13.8% 14.9% 17.8% 13.8%
Europe/Intra-Scandinavia 21.5% 17.2% 21.0% 16.6%
Domestic -2.0% -9.5% 1.0% -4.8%
Preliminary yield and PASK Dec23 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.02 -0.1% 0.9%
PASK, SEK 0.74 2.3% 3.4%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min) 63.1%
Regularity 98.5%
Change in total CO2 emissions 23.5%
Change in CO2 emissions per available seat kilometer 1.7%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions 40.5%

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. 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 January 8, 2024.

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