Ramp-up was slowed down by Omicron in January for SAS, here is the latest traffic figures for SAS.
In January 760,000 passengers traveled with SAS, in comparison with last month, the total number of passengers decreased by almost 25% and capacity was reduced by almost 10%. The flown load factor for January was 49%, an improvement of 19 percentage points compared to January last year.
“It will come as no surprise that Omicron had an impact on customer demand during the month, with additional travel restrictions being imposed on our core markets. The overall operational environment was also negatively affected due to increased sickness rates. Winter is in general a slower season and the industry still faces uncertainties regarding the development of the pandemic and SAS must continue to respond to changes in demand. However, our longer-term outlook is that we see the demand for travel increase as restrictions ease, ”says Anko van der Werff, President & CEO of SAS.
Passenger January: 760,000 (977,000 December)
ASK January: 2,214 Million (2,407 Million in December)
Load factor January: 49 % (57 % December)
The latest news is that SAS expands its network in North America and will start direct routes to Toronto from Copenhagen and Stockholm in June 2022. SAS will operate three weekly flights from Copenhagen and four weekly flights from Stockholm with brand-new A321LR aircraft.
“We are happy to announce direct flights from Scandinavia to Toronto, taking the next step in strengthening our North America network. SAS’ new routes will make travel between Scandinavia and Canada easy and convenient for our travelers. Flights depart from Scandinavia at midday and from Toronto in the afternoon enabling good connections in either end to other destinations, says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS.