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Published on : Thursday, September 7, 2017
During August the demand continued to be robust in Scandinavia. Due to larger aircraft combined with higher yield, SAS’s overall load factor declined versus last year in August.
At the same time as the demand is growing, the competition remains very intensive. After a summer with modest capacity growth in Scandinavia, the market capacity increase is expected to accelerate during the autumn and winter 2017.
In fiscal year 2016/2017, SAS’s total capacity growth (ASK) will amount to 8%. In fiscal year 2017/2018, SAS has an indicative plan to increase capacity (ASK) by around 1–3%, primarily as a result of increased capacity on longer European routes and the fact that the Airbus A320neo has more seats than the aircraft being replaced.
SAS scheduled traffic development in August
SAS increased its scheduled capacity in August by 6.4% and the traffic grew by 2.3%, resulting in a load factor of 78%. This was 3.2 p.u. lower than last year.
The traffic on SAS’s European/Intrascandinavian routes increased by 6.5%. This was driven by a 19% increase in traffic on leisure oriented routes in Europe.
SAS’s intercontinental traffic decreased 1.9% and the capacity was up 4.7% versus last year. The added capacity relates to the new route to/from Miami.
On SAS’s domestic routes, the capacity was increased by 2%, driven by the new route to the Faroe Islands. The traffic increased by 0.7%, resulting in a somewhat lower load factor mainly attributable to the Swedish domestic market.