SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined December Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines

Jan 11, 2010, 07:00 ET from SkyWest, Inc.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (Nasdaq: SKYW) reported a 5.4 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for December, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 6.5 percent compared to the same period last year. The combined airlines generated 1.42 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 1.84 billion. Load factor was down 0.8 percentage points to 77.4 percent compared to 78.2 percent for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for December totaled 2,815,678 a 6.9 percent increase from December 2008.

SkyWest Airlines, based in St. George, Utah, and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. ("ASA"), based in Atlanta, Georgia are wholly owned subsidiaries of SkyWest, Inc. SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express, Delta Connection and Midwest Connect carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Midwest Airlines. The SkyWest Airlines contractual arrangement with Midwest Airlines expired on December 31, 2009. SkyWest Airlines also operates flights for AirTran Airways under a marketing agreement. ASA operates as a Delta Connection carrier under a contractual agreement with Delta Air Lines. System-wide, SkyWest, Inc. serves a total of approximately 217 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, with approximately 2,500 daily departures. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest, Inc. can be accessed at

                                  FLIGHT STATISTICS
                            SkyWest, Inc. December Traffic
                                         2009            2008      % Change

    Passengers                         2,815,678         2,634,566     6.9
    Revenue Passenger Miles        1,420,360,051     1,347,791,781     5.4
    Available Seat Miles           1,835,037,294     1,722,814,938     6.5
    Load Factor                             77.4%             78.2%   (0.8)pts
    Block Hours                          114,477           111,109     3.0
    Departures                            71,607            67,973     5.3

                            Calendar Year-To-Date
                                     2009              2008      % Change

    Passengers                    34,544,772        33,461,819       3.2
    Revenue Passenger Miles   17,448,958,077    17,101,909,734       2.0
    Available Seat Miles      22,142,650,268    22,020,250,026       0.6
    Load Factor                         78.8%             77.7%      1.1pts
    Block Hours                    1,363,257         1,376,815      (1.0)
    Departures                       870,761           872,288      (0.2)

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