Big variations in SAS traffic figures

Intercontinental traffic rise pushes up April stats
SAS increased its scheduled traffic by 9.2% during April year-on-year, it has reported, while capacity was up 9.1%. It carried 2.3 million passengers, up 5.4%, and load factor was unchanged at 69.6%. But there were certain variations.
The airline’s intercontinental traffic increased by as much as 31.4% and capacity was up 37.7%. It said the response to its refreshed long-haul cabin had been strong and traffic in Business Class rose by more than 50%.
Within Europe and in Scandinavia, capacity at SAS fell by 5.8%, while traffic decreased by the slightly smaller rate of 5%.
“Demand has been positive in Scandinavia at the beginning of 2016,” the airline said in a statement. “Overall market capacity has increased by about 7% in 2016, with the strongest growth on primarily international routes.”
It added: “Capacity growth is expected to slow down slightly during the summer program. Demand for European leisure routes, long-haul traffic and domestic routes continues to grow. […] SAS is increasing its intercontinental capacity by about 25% during the fiscal year 2015-16 through new routes and frequencies. Also, until April 2016 larger aircraft have replaced the phased-out Boeing 717 primarily in Sweden, which has affected the load factor negatively.”
TTG Nordic


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