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

Thursday, September 09, 2010

SkyWest, Inc. Reports Combined August Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines16:58 EDT Thursday, September 09, 2010ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyWest, Inc. (Nasdaq: SKYW) ("SkyWest") reported an 8.3 percent increase in departures to 85,788 for August compared to 79,180 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for August increased 7.9 percent to 3,500,779 compared to 3,245,316 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 4.6 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for August, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 5.8 percent compared to August 2009.  The combined airlines generated 1.75 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.17 billion. Load factor was 80.6 percent compared to 81.5 percent, down 0.9 percentage points compared to August 2009.    SkyWest Airlines, Inc. ("SkyWest Airlines"), based in St. George, Utah, and Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc. ("Atlantic Southeast"), based in Atlanta, Georgia are wholly-owned subsidiaries of SkyWest.  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 Delta Connection and United Express carriers under contractual agreements with Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.  System-wide, SkyWest serves a total of approximately 225 cities in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, with approximately 2,800 daily departures.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at FLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. August Traffic20102009% ChangePassengers3,500,7793,245,3167.9Revenue Passenger Miles1,748,653,0001,671,822,2074.6Available Seat Miles2,169,194,9852,050,245,4505.8Load Factor80.6%81.5%(0.9)ptsBlock Hours130,307123,8555.2Departures85,78879,1808.3Calendar Year-To-Date20102009% ChangePassengers25,505,05423,166,59010.1Revenue Passenger Miles12,682,455,72111,742,785,4378.0Available Seat Miles15,916,705,93414,858,993,2207.1Load Factor79.7%79.0%         0.7 ptsBlock Hours961,772918,6184.7Departures630,350586,5587.5SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Michael J. Kraupp, VP Finance and Treasurer of SkyWest, Inc., +1-435-634-3212, Fax, +1-435-634-3205