SAS can report a weak December with almost one million passengers.
In December, 977,000 passengers flew with SAS, an increase of more than 150% compared with the same month the year before. SAS’s capacity also increased by more than 150% compared with the same period in 2020. Compared with last month, capacity was largely unchanged. The load factor for December was 57%, an improvement of 24 percent compared to December last year. However, if you look from a shorter perspective, it is clear that SAS has lost both the number of passengers and the load factor from November to December.
Passenger December: 977,00 (1,3 million November)
Load factor December: 57 % (61 % November)
“As expected, the travel was intense in connection with Christmas and New Year, which was positive. However, the development of the omicron variant of covid-19 meant that both demand and staff capacity were affected throughout the industry, which had a negative impact on the actual number of flights during the month. We continue to be affected by the pandemic and face an unpredictable future, which means that we must be able to react quickly to changes in demand, ”says Anko van der Werff, President and CEO of SAS.