SAS reports an increase of 3% in the number of passengers compared to the same period last year. Unit revenues increased with 4.4% and passenger yield with 5.4% which affirms the positive trend seen during the year.
Total traffic capacity increased with 1.5% and the number of passengers increased with 87 000 or 3.0%, compared to September 2018. Regularity and punctuality also showed an improvement compared to last year.
The traffic on SAS’ domestic routes increased in all three Scandinavian countries. The total increase in revenue passenger kilometres was 6.3% on domestic routes, where Norway had the largest growth. European routes also show an increase compared to last year, but the weak Swedish krona and geopolitical uncertainties have dampened the demand for intercontinental travel to and from Scandinavia. Currency adjusted passenger yield and unit revenue increased with 5.4% and 4.4% respectively, reflecting an improved supply/demand balance in Scandinavia.
“It is encouraging that our continuous work to adapt our production to the seasonal demand is reflected in improved passenger numbers. We note an increase in domestic demand, which we believe is a direct effect of our work to improve our customer offering and our efforts to reduce the climate impact of aviation. In addition to our carbon offsetting of all SAS tickets booked by EuroBonus members, travellers can now make their flights more sustainable by choosing to pay for biofuel, which reduces climate affecting carbon emissions by 80 percent compared to fossil fuel. Since launch we’ve seen an increasing interest from customers for this possibility“, says Rickard Gustafson, CEO of SAS.