SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined August 2011 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines, Atlantic Southeast Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines

Sep 09, 2011, 17:21 ET from SkyWest, Inc.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 45.9 percent increase in departures to 125,196 for August compared to 85,788 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for August increased 46.0 percent to 5,109,862 compared to 3,500,779 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 53.4 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for August, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 53.0 percent compared to August 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.68 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.32 billion. Load factor was 80.8 percent compared to 80.6 percent, up 0.2 percentage points compared to August 2010.    The substantial increases for each of the items are due primarily to the acquisition of ExpressJet Airlines on November 12, 2010.

About SkyWest

SkyWest is the holding company for three scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's scheduled passenger airline operations include SkyWest Airlines also based in St. George, Utah, Atlantic Southeast based in Atlanta, Georgia and recently acquired ExpressJet Airlines based in Houston, Texas.  SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express, and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta.  Also, SkyWest Airlines operates flights for Alaska under a contractual agreement.  Atlantic Southeast operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. ExpressJet Airlines operates as Continental Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Continental Airlines, Inc. and United and is a subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast.  System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 4,000 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 725 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com.

FLIGHT STATISTICS

SkyWest, Inc. August Traffic

2011

2010

% Change

Passengers

5,109,862

3,500,779

46.0

Revenue Passenger Miles

2,681,927,326

1,748,653,000

53.4

Available Seat Miles

3,318,753,417

2,169,194,985

53.0

Load Factor

80.8%

80.6%

0.2 pts

Block Hours

200,235

130,307

53.7

Departures

125,196

85,788

45.9

Calendar Year-To-Date

2011

2010

% Change

Passengers

37,464,479

25,505,054

46.9

Revenue Passenger Miles

19,492,233,113

12,682,455,721

53.7

Available Seat Miles

24,652,787,748

15,916,705,934

54.9

Load Factor

79.1%

79.7%

(0.6) pts

Block Hours

1,519,353

961,772

58.0

Departures

938,650

630,350

48.9

SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.



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