SAS Group sees robust December traffic

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SAS Group posted a 2.4% year-on-year increase in passenger traffic in December 2012, as fears over its imminent collapse receeded.

The group's capacity was increased by 3% as passenger numbers decreased 2.6% to 1.8 million, resulting in a 0.5 percentage point fall in load factor to 69.5%.

At Scandinavian Airlines, passenger traffic grew 2.1%, while capacity was increased by 2.8%, resulting in a 0.5 percentage point decrease in load factor to 70.1%. Traffic on intercontinental routes grew by 8.2%, it says.

Widerøe, its up-for-sale regional subsidiary in Norway, posted a 9.6% increase in passenger traffic against capacity grown by 8.4%. Load factor climbed slightly by 0.6 percentage points to 55.5%. The airline carried 203,000 passengers in December, up 9.2% year-on-year.