A little more than two million people flew SAS in February, while flight cancellations still pose a problem.
SAS has presented its traffic figures for the traditionally weak month of February, in which 2,031,000 passengers travelled with SAS, which was 0.3% more than the same month last year.
Passenger numbers on scheduled traffic remained unchanged, while charter production rose 13.2% – although this constitutes a modest proportion of the total capacity.
Load factor fell by 0.2 percentage points to 67.4%, which is at the high end when looking at figures from the last 20 years. Since 2000, the rate for February has fluctuated widely, from 56.9% to 68.4%.
Despite the slight decline in occupancy, it was still a month that lived up to the airline’s expectations, as unit revenue increased by 0.3% adjusted for currency fluctuations.
“Traffic in February, a month characterised by low seasonal demand, was in line with our expectations,” maintains Rickard Gustafson, chief executive of SAS.
“As we move into the spring and summer, we look forward to welcoming more passengers onboard. We also continue our work towards sustainable air travel and as part of that work we are carbon offsetting all tickets booked with a EuroBonus number since 1 February.”
As in previous months there was growth in intercontinental traffic, while the European and intra-Scandinavian routes declined slightly.
There was a small setback for SAS with regularity, which plagued the company over large parts of 2018. The carrier conducted 97.9% of its flights in February, indicating about 460 cancellations at a production of about 22,000 departures – about the same as last February when regularity was 97.8%.
On the other hand, SAS had a punctuality of 79%, meaning that four out of every five flights reached its destination on time or no later than 15 minutes after the timetable.