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SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined November Traffic

Monday, December 13, 2010

SkyWest, Inc., Reports Combined November Traffic17:33 EST Monday, December 13, 2010FOR SKYWEST AIRLINES, ATLANTIC SOUTHEAST AIRLINES, AND EXPRESSJET AIRLINES.ST. GEORGE, Utah, Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SkyWest, Inc., (Nasdaq: SKYW) ("SkyWest") today announced monthly traffic data for its combined airline operations. Due to the acquisition of ExpressJet Holdings, Inc., ("ExpressJet Holdings") on November 12, 2010 by SkyWest, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Atlantic Southeast Airlines, Inc., the normally reported traffic data for the month of November 2010, includes 19 days of operations for ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., the primary operating entity of ExpressJet Holdings.  SkyWest reported a 34.2 percent increase in departures to 93,298 for November compared to 69,512 for the same period last year. Passenger boardings for November increased 43.9 percent to 3,957,560 compared to 2,751,167 for the same period last year.  SkyWest also reported a 47.1 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for November, while available seat miles (ASMs) increased 42.9 percent compared to November 2009.  The combined airlines generated 2.01 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs increased to 2.54 billion. Load factor was 79.2 percent compared to 77.0 percent, up 2.2 percentage points compared to November 2009.    About SkyWestSkyWest 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 under a contractual agreement with Continental 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 4,000 daily departures and a fleet of approximately 700 regional aircraft.  This press release and additional information regarding SkyWest can be accessed at www.skywest.comFLIGHT STATISTICSSkyWest, Inc. November Traffic20102009% ChangePassengers3,957,5602,751,16743.9Revenue Passenger Miles2,014,453,5761,369,882,83947.1Available Seat Miles2,542,989,1741,779,458,08042.9Load Factor79.2%77.0%2.2 ptsBlock Hours156,196106,63146.5Departures93,29869,51234.2Calendar Year-To-Date20102009% ChangePassengers35,944,97431,729,09413.3Revenue Passenger Miles17,911,248,80116,028,598,02611.7Available Seat Miles22,518,740,56520,307,612,97410.9Load Factor79.5%78.9%0.6 ptsBlock Hours1,360,0991,248,7808.9Departures882,665799,15410.4SOURCE SkyWest, Inc.For further information: Michael J. Kraupp, VP Finance and Treasurer of SkyWest, Inc., +1-435-634-3212, Fax, +1-435-634-3205