SAS increases its passenger number by 0.4% in January, to 1.88 million

The Scandinavian SAS group transported 1.88 million passengers in January, between regular and charter flights, which is 0.4% more than in the same month of 2018, increasing by 0.6% the offer and with increase of 2.1% of its traffic, according to the company, which placed its load factor at 66.1%, 1 percentage point higher.

SAS maintained its offer on its regular flights, with an increase in traffic of 1.5%, with a total of 1.83 million passengers (+ 0.3%) and its load factor was 64.9%, 0 , 9 percentage points more.

On charter flights the number of passengers increased by 6.4%, to 50,000, when its offer increased by 14.4% and traffic increased by 13.1%. As for the factor of occupation, this fell by 1.1 percentage points, with 91.6%.

The domesticated market showed a traffic growth of 2.1%, where the supply had increased by 3.3%, resulting in a lower occupation factor. Traffic grew in Norway but decreased in Sweden.

The demand of the Scandinavian and European routes decreased by 1.8%, with a capacity of 0.7% lower, while the supply in the international market was 0.8% lower with an increase of 4.5% of the traffic .

SAS plans to increase its capacity between 2% and 3% in its fiscal year 2019, driven by the incorporation of the A320neo to its fleet, an aircraft with more seats than the aircraft it will replace.

The airline transports more than 30 million passengers annually and is the leading airline in Scandinavia with more than 800 daily flights on 272 routes to 123 destinations in Scandinavia, Europe, the United States and Asia.