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

Mar 09, 2011, 15:19 ET from SkyWest, Inc.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (Nasdaq: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 44.7 percent increase in departures to 99,698 for February compared to 68,919 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for February increased 40.1 percent to 3,765,343 compared to 2,687,224 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 42.4 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for February, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 46.4 percent compared to February 2010.  The combined airlines generated 1.91 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.57 billion.  Load factor was 74.5 percent compared to 76.6 percent, down 2.1 percentage points compared to February 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, Inc. ("SkyWest Airlines") also based in St. George, Utah, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. ("Atlantic Southeast") based in Atlanta, Georgia and recently acquired ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (ExpressJet Airlines") based in Houston, Texas.  SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.  SkyWest also operates flights for AirTran Airways under a marketing agreement.  Atlantic Southeast operates as United Express and Delta Connection carriers under contractual agreements with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. ExpressJet Airlines operates as Continental Express and United Express under contractual agreements with Continental Airlines and United Airlines and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlantic Southeast.  System-wide, SkyWest serves markets in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean with approximately 3,950 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 713 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com.

FLIGHT STATISTICS

SkyWest, Inc. February Traffic

2011

2010

% Change

Passengers

3,765,343

2,687,224

40.1

Revenue Passenger Miles

1,914,121,389

1,343,832,537

42.4

Available Seat Miles

2,568,865,012

1,754,392,966

46.4

Load Factor

74.5%

76.6%

(2.1) pts

Block Hours

161,621

107,290

50.6

Departures

99,698

68,919

44.7

Calendar Year-To-Date

2011

2010

% Change

Passengers

7,789,246

5,425,155

43.6

Revenue Passenger Miles

3,991,763,112

2,713,478,300

47.1

Available Seat Miles

5,441,660,038

3,623,307,540

50.2

Load Factor

73.4%

74.9%

          (1.5) pts

Block Hours

342,406

221,943

54.3

Departures

210,300

142,367

47.7

SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.



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