27 APRIL 2009


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Article from BTNews 27 APRIL 2009

SAS in dramatic passenger traffic fall

SAS, the airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden says that its monthly passenger traffic fell by 16.7% March to March.  Year on year the load factor declined 9.9 percentage points to 64.5%.  The loss making airline plans to cut capacity by 18% during this year and the next, with six aircraft being taken out of service at this time.  By comparison, during the same period, BRITISH AIRWAYS saw a13% decrease in premium traffic and 6% in economy passengers with a load factor decrease of 6.4 points, versus last year, to 72.7%.  Preliminary figures released by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) showed that its member airlines carried a total of 11.2m international passengers in March, 10.8% fewer than in the same month 12 months back. www.sas.com

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