SAS releases its traffic figures for July 2023

An SAS Airbus A320neo on the tarmac after delivery.
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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has released its traffic figures for July 2023 as the airline heads into Q3 for the year.

Looking at the figures we see at the flag carrier for Norway, Sweden and Denmark had a successful month carrying 2.4 million passengers. This is the highest monthly passenger figure for SAS since the pre-pandemic days.

The number of passengers carried this month also represents a 82% increase compared to July 2022 stats, however the increase is only so great, because of the pilot strikes the airline suffered this time last year.

Continuing with passenger figures, SAS recorded an average load factor of 86% during July 2023, another successful achievement.

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As for overall capacity offered across SAS’ vast route network, the airline had an increase of 84% compared to July 2022, showing a strong recovery from the pilot strike and pandemic combined.

Praising a successful July, SAS President & CEO Anko van der Werff commented, “The summer season continued with another busy month for SAS. 2.4 million passengers travelled with SAS in July, the highest passenger figure since before the pandemic.”

“We are pleased to see the positive trend for passenger demand, with continued booking strength throughout the month of July,” he said.


Other figures

Looking at other figures making up SAS’ July results we see equal amounts of success in other areas as follows.

SAS’ Available Seat Kilometers (ASK) hit 4,872,000, representing a 84% change compared to July 2022.

In addition, the airline’s Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) peaked at 4,177,000 showing a change of 92.1% compared to the same month last year.

The airline also takes in to consideration its punctuality, which refers to any flights arriving 15minutes or more ahead of schedule, which for July 2023, 62.6% of flights achieved this.

Regularity refers to how many flights out of the total scheduled for the month operated, which in SAS’ case was 97.5% of flights, meaning only 2.5% of scheduled flights for July 2023 were cancelled.

SAS’ change in CO2 emissions was also impressive with a 35.6% change for the month of July, showing the airline’s continued commitment towards net zero in the future.

Overall, SAS has seen a successful July 2023 and with the peak summer season in full swing the airline looks forward to reporting a successful Q3 as well as a successful full year results, provided no bumps in the road are hit.

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