During January, 280,000 passengers flew with SAS, a decrease of 28% compared to December, when demand was higher during the holidays. Compared to January last year, the number of passengers decreased by some 85%. Compared to December, SAS' capacity decreased by 15%, which corresponds to a decrease of almost 78% compared to last year. The load factor was 30%, a decrease of about 3 percentage points compared to December and 37 percentage points in comparison to last year.
“During January, new travel restrictions have been introduced at short notice in Scandinavia and the rest of the EU. This means that as of February 1, all SAS’ international destinations have either requirement for quarantine, requirements for a negative PCR test or a general entry ban for non-residents. Reintroduced and extended travel restrictions have significantly reduced the demand for air travel and has forced SAS to adapt both the offered destinations and departures to the prevailing conditions. The increased restrictions mean that we estimate that demand, and thus our capacity, will remain at low levels for the rest of the winter season” says Rickard Gustafson, CEO SAS.