Great Lakes Aviation Reports March Traffic Down 6.5 Percent with Capacity Down 9.9%

Load Factor of 48.9 Percent Represents a Company Record for The Month of

March



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.

    CHEYENNE, Wyo., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
     Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLUX) today announced preliminary
 passenger traffic results for the month of March.
     Scheduled service generated 19,874,052 revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a
 6.9 percent decrease from the same month last year.  Available seat miles
 (ASMs) decreased 9.9 percent to 40,609,236.  As a result, load factor
 increased 1.5 points to 48.9 percent, the highest ever March load factor for
 the company.  Passengers carried decreased 6.5 percent compared to March 2000
 to 83,579.  The reduction in traffic reflects the January 7 and February 15,
 2001 deletion of service in four Chicago-O'Hare targets where weak passenger
 loads had been experienced.
     For the three months ended March 31, 2001 compared to the same three month
 period in 2000, revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased 10.6 percent to
 52,709,436 while available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 7.7 percent to
 118,126,455, resulting in a load factor of 44.6 percent for the year 2001
 compared to 46.1 percent for the same three month period in 2000.  The company
 carried 222,770 revenue passengers for the three month period ending
 March 31, 2001, a 9.6 percent decrease on a year over year basis.
 
                       MARCH AND YEAR TO DATE STATISTICS
 
                          Mar. 2001     Mar. 2000        Change
     Passengers Enplaned     83,579        89,400        - 6.5%
     Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)            19,874        21,350        - 6.9%
     Available Seat
      Miles (000)            40,609        45,063        - 9.9%
     Load Factor              48.9%         47.4%      +1.5 Pts.
 
                           YTD 2001      YTD 2000        Change
     Passengers Enplaned    222,770       246,527        - 9.6%
     Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)            52,709        58,956       - 10.6%
     Available Seat
      Miles (000)           118,126       127,991        - 7.7%
     Load Factor              44.6%         46.1%      - 1.5Pts.
 
     As of April 2, 2001, United Express flights were being provided at 55
 airports in thirteen states with a fleet of eight Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias
 and 40 Raytheon/Beech 1900D regional airliners.  A total of 280 weekday
 flights are scheduled at three hubs, with 76 flights at Chicago-O'Hare, 190
 flights at Denver and 14 flights at Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In addition, the
 company operates four weekday round trip flights between Springfield, Ill. and
 Chicago-Meigs Field.  All scheduled flights are operated under the United
 Express marketing identity.
     Additional company information is available on its web site which may be
 accessed at http://www.greatlakesav.com
 
     For more information, contact Dick Fontaine, Senior VP - Marketing of
 Great Lakes Aviation, 307-432-7020.
 
 

SOURCE Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.
    CHEYENNE, Wyo., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
     Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd. (Nasdaq: GLUX) today announced preliminary
 passenger traffic results for the month of March.
     Scheduled service generated 19,874,052 revenue passenger miles (RPMs), a
 6.9 percent decrease from the same month last year.  Available seat miles
 (ASMs) decreased 9.9 percent to 40,609,236.  As a result, load factor
 increased 1.5 points to 48.9 percent, the highest ever March load factor for
 the company.  Passengers carried decreased 6.5 percent compared to March 2000
 to 83,579.  The reduction in traffic reflects the January 7 and February 15,
 2001 deletion of service in four Chicago-O'Hare targets where weak passenger
 loads had been experienced.
     For the three months ended March 31, 2001 compared to the same three month
 period in 2000, revenue passenger miles (RPMs) decreased 10.6 percent to
 52,709,436 while available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 7.7 percent to
 118,126,455, resulting in a load factor of 44.6 percent for the year 2001
 compared to 46.1 percent for the same three month period in 2000.  The company
 carried 222,770 revenue passengers for the three month period ending
 March 31, 2001, a 9.6 percent decrease on a year over year basis.
 
                       MARCH AND YEAR TO DATE STATISTICS
 
                          Mar. 2001     Mar. 2000        Change
     Passengers Enplaned     83,579        89,400        - 6.5%
     Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)            19,874        21,350        - 6.9%
     Available Seat
      Miles (000)            40,609        45,063        - 9.9%
     Load Factor              48.9%         47.4%      +1.5 Pts.
 
                           YTD 2001      YTD 2000        Change
     Passengers Enplaned    222,770       246,527        - 9.6%
     Revenue Passenger
      Miles (000)            52,709        58,956       - 10.6%
     Available Seat
      Miles (000)           118,126       127,991        - 7.7%
     Load Factor              44.6%         46.1%      - 1.5Pts.
 
     As of April 2, 2001, United Express flights were being provided at 55
 airports in thirteen states with a fleet of eight Embraer EMB-120 Brasilias
 and 40 Raytheon/Beech 1900D regional airliners.  A total of 280 weekday
 flights are scheduled at three hubs, with 76 flights at Chicago-O'Hare, 190
 flights at Denver and 14 flights at Minneapolis/St. Paul.  In addition, the
 company operates four weekday round trip flights between Springfield, Ill. and
 Chicago-Meigs Field.  All scheduled flights are operated under the United
 Express marketing identity.
     Additional company information is available on its web site which may be
 accessed at http://www.greatlakesav.com
 
     For more information, contact Dick Fontaine, Senior VP - Marketing of
 Great Lakes Aviation, 307-432-7020.
 
 SOURCE  Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd.