In May, more than 400,000 passengers flew with SAS, an increase of about 20% compared with April. During the month, SAS increased its capacity by 9% to meet higher demand. Passenger numbers remain low compared with a normal year, but the increase compared with April is also reflected in an improved load factor, which rose almost 6 percentage points.

“We are looking forward to the summer and are pleased with the gradual increase in demand. To reduce uncertainty when booking flights, SAS is offering more flexible ticket rules and generous rebooking alternatives. To make it easier for passengers, we are also launching SAS Travel Ready Center, a digital tool to upload necessary travel documents and to access information about current travel restrictions,” says Karl Sandlund, acting CEO of SAS.

SAS scheduled trafficMay21Change1Nov20- May21Change1
ASK (Mill.)1,078513.6%6,347-62.3%
RPK (Mill.)389297.7%1,932-82.2%
Passenger load factor36.1%-19.6 p.p.30.4%-34.1 p.p.
No. of passengers (000)404155.6%2,259-76.0%
Geographical development, scheduleMay21           vs.          May20Nov20- May21  vs.   Nov19-May20
SAS charter trafficMay21Change1Nov20- May21Change1
ASK (Mill.)0n/a35-95.9%
RPK (Mill.)04,898.7%13-98.2%
Load factor25.0%n/a38.6%-48.5 p.p.
No. of passengers (000)03,766.7%4-98.5%
SAS total traffic (scheduled and charter)May21Change1Nov20- May21Change1
ASK (Mill.)1,079513.8%6,382-63.9%
RPK (Mill.)389297.8%1,945-83.2%
Load factor36.1%-19.6 p.p.30.5%-35.1 p.p.
No. of passengers (000)404155.7%2.263-76.5%

1 Change compared to same period last year. p u = percentage units

Preliminary yield and PASKMay21Nominal changeFX adjusted change
Yield, SEK1.20-39.5%-42.0%
PASK, SEK0.43-60.8%-62.4%
Punctuality (arrival 15 min)92.4%
Change in total COemissions, rolling 12 months-75.0%
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometer-11.5%
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions61%


RPK – Revenue passenger kilometers

ASK – Available seat kilometers
Load factor – RPK/ASK
Yield – Passenger revenues/RPK (scheduled)
PASK – Passenger revenues/ASK (scheduled)
Change in COemissions per available seat kilometers – SAS passenger related carbon emissions divided with total available seat kilometers (incl. non-revenue and EuroBonus), rolling 12 months
Carbon offsetting of passenger related emissions – Share of SAS passenger related carbon emissions compensated by SAS (EuroBonus members, youth tickets, and SAS’ staff travel)

From the fiscal year 2020, we report a 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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