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

Aug 09, 2011, 13:09 ET from SkyWest, Inc.

ST. GEORGE, Utah, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported a 47.6 percent increase in departures to 126,199 for July compared to 85,496 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for July increased 48.2 percent to 5,306,265 compared to 3,581,599 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 57.5 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for July, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 56.0 percent compared to July 2010.  The combined airlines generated 2.82 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.38 billion. Load factor was 83.4 percent compared to 82.5 percent, up 0.9 percentage points compared to July 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 Airlines 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 725 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com

FLIGHT STATISTICS

SkyWest, Inc. July Traffic

2011

2010

% Change

Passengers

5,306,265

3,581,599

48.2

Revenue Passenger Miles

2,815,487,698

1,787,381,970

57.5

Available Seat Miles

3,377,116,891

2,165,477,813

56.0

Load Factor

83.4%

82.5%

0.9 pts

Block Hours

204,791

129,668

57.9

Departures

126,199

85,496

47.6

Calendar Year-To-Date

2011

2010

% Change

Passengers

32,354,617

22,000,900

47.1

Revenue Passenger Miles

16,810,305,787

10,932,410,181

53.8

Available Seat Miles

21,334,034,331

13,747,510,949

55.2

Load Factor

78.8%

79.5%

(0.7) pts

Block Hours

1,319,117

831,465

58.6

Departures

813,454

544,562

49.4

SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.



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