SAS Traffic figures - December 2022

2023-01-10 11:00:00

In December almost one and a half million passengers flew with SAS, an increase of 50% compared to the same month last year. SAS' capacity increased by 13% versus the same period last year. In comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased with 12% and capacity was decreased by 7%. The flown load factor for December was 72%, an improvement of 15 percentage points compared to December last year.

"Continuing the positive trend observed during autumn, December traffic came in 1.5 million passengers, an almost 50% increase compared to December 2021. We are concentrating on ramping up ahead of the expected busy summer season. During the month we released our extended summer program, with 20 new routes and more than 5000 weekly flights to more than 100 destinations," says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.

SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter) Dec22 Change1 Nov22- Dec22 Change1
ASK (Mill.) 2,714 12.7% 5,647 16.2%
RPK (Mill.) 1,945 41.6% 3,959 38.1%
Load factor 71.7% 14.6 pp 70.1% 11.1 pp
No. of passengers (000) 1,470 47.5% 3,137 35.0%

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

Geographical Dec22           Nov22
development, vs.          - Dec2
schedule Dec21 2  

Intercontinental 54.2% 33.6% 78.9% 42.4%
Europe/Intrascandi 35.4% 2.5% 19.6% 3.5%
Domestic 26.5% -1.3% 20.1% 4.5%

Preliminary yield and PASK Dec22 Nominal change1 FX adjusted change
Yield, SEK 1.03 14.8% 9.1%
PASK, SEK 0.73 44.2% 37.1%

Punctuality (arrival 15 56.2%
Regularity 97.9%
Change in total CO2 77.7%
Change in CO2 emissions 2.7%
per available seat
Carbon offsetting of 41.5%
passenger related


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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This is information that SAS AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication by Louise Bergström at 11:00 a.m. CET on 10 January 2023.