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Scandinavia isolated without SAS, airline says

The airline contributes billions to the Nordic economies, a new report commissioned by the airline claims.

Aviation is vital for the prosperity of the Scandinavian countries, a new report commissioned by SAS claims, benefiting the economy, jobs and accessibility.

SAS commissioned the consultancy firm Copenhagen Economics to analyse how it contributes to the economy across Scandinavia, Flygtorget.se reports.

The aim of the report, SAS said, was to point out how important flights are for society as a whole. It says that, given the total population, Scandinavia has a very large airline sector compared to other parts of Europe.

Positive effects
Ryanair and Norwegian, among others, have in the past pointed to what they say are the positive effects their flight operations have on different markets. In this new report, SAS in particular is named as “an important engine” for maintaining social development.

SAS directly contributes SEK 5.9 billion (€546 million) to the Swedish economy, the report claims for example. It also buys from Swedish subcontractors to a value of SEK 4.7 billion.

For the whole of Scandinavia, the value rises to a total of SEK 34.2 billion through direct, indirect and induced effects.

There are just over 9,900 full-time employees in Scandinavia, while an additional 7,300 work for various subcontractors and, according to calculations, 2,800 others are also indirectly employed. Of these 20,000 jobs, 7,800 are in Sweden.

Big accessibility
But Copenhagen Economics believes that increased accessibility is SAS’s largest contribution, accounting for example for more than 32% of Sweden’s total national and international accessibility through its direct and indirect connections.

“The report demonstrates with all desired clarity the importance of aviation in building accessibility to, from and throughout Scandinavia,” SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson surmised.

“Aviation and SAS provide the conditions for growth and prosperity, enable continued development and create innovation power in Scandinavian companies and communities. This is done in parallel with our long-term sustainability efforts to reduce the impact of aviation on the climate.”

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