SAS sees a 23% increase in passengers in June

An SAS Airbus A320neo on the tarmac after delivery.
Photo Credit: SAS

In June, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) witnessed a significant surge in passenger numbers, with a strong increase of 23% compared to the same period last year. This achievement represents the highest monthly passenger figure since the onset of the pandemic.

June performance

SAS, renowned for its exceptional service and extensive network, experienced a growth in both its capacity and revenue passenger kilometers (RPK), reaching 17% in each category, also in comparison to the same period in the previous year.

Furthermore, the flown load factor stood at an impressive 81% during the month. These statistics showcase a promising recovery for the airline industry and highlight SAS as a prominent player in the market.

The positive trend in passenger demand brings immense satisfaction to SAS. In June, 2.4 million passengers chose to travel with the airline, representing a 23% increase compared to the same month in the previous year.

This exceptional performance solidifies SAS as a preferred choice for travelers and underscores its commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences.


Challenges with ATC capacity

However, SAS faced challenges in June due to air traffic control capacity issues at Copenhagen Airport, which serves as the airline’s main hub.

The impact of these disruptions was substantial, with one out of every four flights experiencing operational difficulties directly related to these issues. Despite the challenges faced, SAS remains resilient and continues to prioritize passenger satisfaction and safety.

As the industry enters July, a traditionally bustling month for travel, SAS eagerly anticipates the opportunity to welcome passengers on board their aircraft.

Anko van der Werff, the President & CEO of SAS, expresses his excitement, stating, “We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board our aircraft as we enter July, the busiest month of the year.”

About SAS

Scandinavia’s SAS via main hubs in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, and is currently supporting destinations in Europe, USA and Asia.

Spurred by a Scandinavian heritage and sustainable values, SAS aims to be the global leader in sustainable aviation.

The carrier plans to reduce total carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025, by using more sustainable aviation fuel and our modern fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft.

In addition to scheduled flight operations, the airline offers ground handling services, technical maintenance and air cargo services.

SAS is a founder member of the Star Alliance, and together with its partner airlines offers a wide network worldwide.


SAS witnessed a notable increase in passenger numbers during June, surpassing the figures from the pre-pandemic era.

Despite the challenges posed by air traffic control capacity issues, the carrier is clearly consolidating its performance and operations as it moves further through the post-pandemic recovery.

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