ST. GEORGE, Utah, Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (NASDAQ: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today reported that passenger boardings for October increased 1.3 percent to 5,210,976 compared to 5,143,540 for the same period last year. SkyWest also reported a 6.3 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for October, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 7.2 percent compared to October 2012. The combined airlines generated 2.7 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 3.4 billion. Load factor decreased to 81.4 percent compared to 82.1 percent in October 2012. SkyWest also reported an increase of 0.9 percent in departures to 123,758 for October compared to 122,693 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, Inc. ("ExpressJet Airlines"), based in Atlanta, Georgia. SkyWest Airlines operates as United Express, Delta Connection, American Eagle and US Airways Express carriers under contractual agreements with United, Delta, American Airlines, Inc. ("American") and US Airways, Inc. ("US Airways"). SkyWest Airlines also operates flights for Alaska Airlines under a contractual agreement. ExpressJet Airlines operates as United Express, Delta Connection, and American Eagle carriers under contractual agreements with United, Delta and American. 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 755 regional aircraft. This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.com.