ST. GEORGE, Utah, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported that passenger boardings for December increased 5.1 percent to 4,784,336 compared to 4,552,494 for the same period last year. SkyWest also reported a 1.6 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for December, while available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 0.5 percent compared to December 2011. The combined airlines generated 2.4 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.0 billion. Load factor increased to 80.1 compared to 78.5 in December 2011. SkyWest also reported an increase of 2.2 percent in departures to 117,067 for December compared to 114,513 for the same period last year.
SkyWest is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company and is headquartered in St. George, Utah. SkyWest's scheduled passenger airline operations consist of SkyWest Airlines also based in St. George, Utah and ExpressJet Airlines based in Atlanta, Georgia. SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express, Delta Connection and American Eagle carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines, Inc. ("United"), Delta Air Lines, Inc. ("Delta") and American Airlines, Inc. ("American"). SkyWest Airlines also operates as US Airways Express under a contractual agreement with US Airways, Inc., and operates flights for Alaska Airlines under a contractual agreement. ExpressJet Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United and Delta. System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 3,800 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 744 regional aircraft. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com